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Applicants must be directly impacted by incarceration, including: a parent and/or family member’s current or previous incarceration. 

Applicants must submit form AND essay.

Essay Topic:
Research indicates that children and youth who have an incarcerated parent and/or reside in a high crime neighborhood, are less likely to graduate high school and less likely to pursue higher education. Even further, data supports that children and youth in such circumstances are more likely to engage in criminal activity and become incarcerated themselves. Using the following quote by William Arthur Ward, explain how you were able to rise above the impact of incarceration: “We can choose to throw stones, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them”.

Your essay should address the following components:

What challenges have you faced related to the impact of incarceration on your life?

Explain how you were able to overcome these obstacles or challenges.

How will you use your life experiences to positively impact your future?

The 2024 deadline has passed.

Adam Hyatt Memorial Scholarship

From our inaugural meeting in September 2018, Adam Hyatt supported our mission. He loved and served his students at Franklin County High School; he loved and served children and youth in his community. It is with great honor that we offer the Adam Hyatt Memorial Scholarship.

Applicants must be directly impacted by incarceration, including: a parent and/or family member’s current or previous incarceration. The scholarship award will be in the amount of $1000 and paid directly to the institution of higher education. Scholarships can be renewed up to three additional years, upon the review of the applicants’ academic standing and reevaluation of qualifications. 

"This foundation has a unique and necessary mission to serve the children of the incarcerated. This mission is fueled by the passion of a man who was separated from his children,and those who seek to come alongside these families in need to break the chains of generational poverty, incarceration, and neglect."
Adam Hyatt
Former Volunteer/Supporter


Adam Hyatt was a part of Franklin County High School for over 10 years and anyone who knew Mr. Hyatt knew this; Adam was a devout Christian, loved his family, his students, and FCHS. Mr. Hyatt passed away in July 2019.

WJRF awarded our first high school graduate with a scholarship in May 2019. It is with great honor that we rename this award the Adam Hyatt Memorial Scholarship. Any graduating senior impacted by incarceration is eligible to apply. We look forward to granting this annual award in Adam’s name, a man who lived his life to serve others.


scholarships recipients

Trey Simmons III

Abbey Wilhoite

Jasmine Simpson

Jakab Hosley

Hannah Stockton

Trinity Brackett

Taiya Hogan

Nahavian Davis
Christina Chavez
Makenna Robinson
Mackenzie Ware

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Proceeds to the scholarship fund help us provide more students with opportunities.