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Probation and Aftercare

Probation is universally accepted as an effective and scientific method for prevention of crime and delinquency. The age-old idea was that the offender should be confined to the prison and kept away from the community as long as possible. But, in course of time, it has been realized that the protection of society is better ensured if the offender is corrected and reformed through individualized treatments. 

However, it has been perceived that all human beings do not respond in the same manner to a given stimuli. Two individuals may commit the same crime but each act differs from the other in its social, economics, psychological and environmental ramification. This basic understanding has led to the innovation of a number of treatment method for offenders.

Prison or correctional institutions are no longer regarded as custodial institution only but also as treatment and training centres for those who fall foul with laws. But, in due course it was realized that prisons do not serve the purpose of training and rehabilitation of all categories of offenders. Therefore, in course of time, various non-institutional methods of treatment for offenders have been introduced eg: probation, parole, premature release, half-way houses etc. There are all community based non institutional treatment methods.

Thus, Probation is a non-institutional treatment method designed to facilitate the social re-adjustment of offenders. It developed as an alternative to imprisonment. Probation is a method of dealing with specially selected offenders and consists of the conditional suspension of punishment while the offender is placed under the personal supervision of the probation officer and is given individualized treatment. 

The length of the probation varies and is determined by the court. Moreover, probation is the application of modern scientific casework to individuals, outside institution with the authority of the law behind it. It calls for the careful study of the individual and intensive supervision  by the competent, trained probation officers.

The object of probation is the ultimate re-establishment of the offenders in the community. The law helps him to help himself to erase the stigma of conviction and gives him the guidance of the probation officer.

The supervisory function of a Probation Officer are protecting the community and helping individual under care. The probation officer helps the probationer to become law-abiding and stable. During the probation period, the probation officer maintains contact with the offender to ensure compliance with the rules and regulations and also provides various types of assistance to him.

Whom to contact- Details of District Probation Offices

After Care Services

Assistance to After Care Programmes
Social Rehabilitation of ex-convicts and offenders placed under supervision of poor economic condition is a grave social problem.  This scheme is to provide some financial assistance to them for starting some Industry, Craft or Small Trade so as to enable them to earn a livelihood. 

The After Care Programme intended to rehabilitate released prisoners and probationers coming under the supervision of District Probation Officers.  By utilizing this amount they shall be engaged in small scale income generating activities.  The amount of assistance is Rs.10,000/- per head.  If the amount is insufficient for meeting the expenses this can be attached with some bank loan. The beneficiaries will be selected by the ‘After Care Association” organized for the welfare of Ex-convicts.  The application form will be available from the District Probation Officer.

Victim Rehabilitation Fund

The scheme is intended to rehabilitate the victims of serious crimes.  The scheme actually implemented in the year 2001-02 as per G.O (MS) No.33/2001/SWD Dated : TVM 24-12-01. 

This is intended to help the victims of serious crimes.  In this scheme compensation shall be given to the victims for:
1.    Treatment
2.    Housing
3.    Destruction of Crops
4.    Education
5.    Income generating activities and 
6.    Rape victims

The maximum amount of compensation will be Rs. 10,000/-.  Applications will be invited through advertisement in news papers.  The application forms shall be available from the District Probation Offices.

Scheme for the Rehabilitation of Families of Indigent Convicts

The objective of the scheme is to give financial assistance to the families of indigent convicts to start any income generating activities for their rehabilitation.  The scheme was implemented during the financial year 2002-03.  This is a bank loan linked scheme in which the governmental subsidy shall be 30% of the total project proposal approved by a bank.


Once a student is admitted to the College of Engineering as an incoming freshman, they are automatically reviewed for scholarship consideration.  The student’s admission’s application serves as their scholarship application.  The student’s grades, test scores, extracurricular activities, recommendation letters from teachers and counselors, as well as the student’s essays, all serve as part of this review process.  Students that are selected for an award, would receive an official letter by regular mail.  The College of Engineering’s scholarship committee meets on a rolling basis from late January to late March to review applications and determine award recipients.

There is no application to submit for the major scholarship that College awards, the “Scholarship of Honor”.  However, students that are from certain designated states, may want to review the criteria for the Joseph M. Geisinger Scholarship, and the Gloria Wille Bell and Carlos R. Bell Scholarship.  Both of these awards do require submittal of an application.

Students that are applying for admission to the College of Engineering, are encouraged to submit their admission’s application, as soon as possible.  For freshman applicants, we strongly recommend submitting your application by the November 1st, “Early Action”, deadline date.

Freshman Scholarship Awards

How it works:

Selected scholarship candidates will receive notification of their status, need for additional information, or selection; generally before mid-April of each year. Most merit-based awards are renewable, as long as the student meets the requirements for the award.  All new student scholarships are funded through the many College of Engineering endowment funds that have been created via donations from generous alumni and friends, as well as from the annual College of Engineering operating allocation.

New students should consider applying for the following scholarships:

See more non-College of Engineering scholarship opportunities

Advocates for Latino Student Advancement in Michigan Education (A.L.S.A.M.E.)

This scholarship is intended to recognize and support students who, through their past activities or educational aspirations, have indicated an interest the advancement of underrepresented groups in the United States.


  1. Be a high school senior.
  2. Graduate from a high school in Michigan.
  3. Admission to a college or university in Michigan for Scholarship Year.

For more information or to complete this application.

Gloria Wille Bell and Carlos R. Bell Scholarship

The Bell scholarship application period for 2018-2019 is now closed.

Scholarships will be awarded to first year students entering the College of Engineering or the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts who are enrolled in an undergraduate degree program in engineering, mathematics, physics, computer science, or other related scientific fields who meet one of the following geographic criteria:

  1. Residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a preference given to residents of the Gloucester, Virginia area;
  2. Residents of one of the following counties in the state of Michigan: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Eaton, Hillsdale, Ingham, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, Oakland, St. Joseph, Van Buren, Washtenaw and Wayne, with a preference given to residents of Washtenaw county and graduates of a public or private school in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area;
  3. Graduates of the Chicago, Illinois Public School system or the Chicago, Illinois Parochial and Private School systems;
  4. Graduates of the New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois;
  5. Graduates of the Illinois Science and Math Academy in Aurora, Illinois.

Students awarded the Bell Trust Scholarship would receive scholarship support of $20,000 per year for recipients from the Commonwealth of Virginia, Chicago Public, Parochial and Private School systems, New Trier High School, or the Illinois Science and Math Academy.  Recipients from the State of Michigan would receive a scholarship award of $10,000 per year.

Scholarship support is for four years or through graduation, whichever is less, and annual renewal is contingent on satisfactory academic progress.

The application deadline is February 1st, 2018.

For more information and to complete the application, please click on the website below:


For additional information, please contact
John O’Grady, Trustee
The Gloria Willie Bell and Carlos R. Bell Charitable Trust
c/o McGuireWoods LLP
Gateway Plaza
800 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219-3916

(804)-775-1023 (Phone)
(804)-698-2132 (Fax)

The Joseph M. Geisinger Scholarship Program

The Geisinger application period for the 2018-2019 academic year is now closed.

During his lifetime, Joseph M. Geisinger created a trust fund to provide support to forward the careers of students pursuing degrees in engineering at the University of Michigan. The scholarship program will provide $20,000 in annual support to students selected from the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington or Wyoming.

  • Scholarships will be awarded to first year students entering the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
  • Prospective students should plan to submit their application for admission to the University of Michigan as early as possible (Applications for admission take 10-12 weeks to process).
  • Recipients must be enrolling at the University of Michigan and pursuing an undergraduate degree program in engineering.
  • Scholarship support is for four years of undergraduate support or through graduation, whichever is less.
  • Annual renewal is contingent on satisfactory academic progress and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

For more information or to complete this application 

Deadline for submittal of the Geisinger application is 5:00 PM EST, January 17, 2018.

 Michigan Branch of Telluride Association (MBTA)

The Michigan Branch of Telluride Association brings together students who share a passion for intellectual interchange, a dedication to improving public life, and a commitment to self-government. Telluride Association owns and operates a large house near campus, in which approximately thirty University of Michigan undergraduate and graduate students with a variety of academic backgrounds, political views, and cultural perspectives cohabitate. These students form a vibrant community, sharing lively conversation, joint projects, and the dynamic experience of democratic life. Each year, Telluride students plan and implement a major project that improves public life in the Ann Arbor area. For more information about the house, visit http://www.telluride-house.com

MBTA is currently accepting scholarship applications for full room and board from incoming first year students, as well as transfer students.

For more information or to complete this application.

Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) Scholarships for High School Students

The MSPE application period is now open for the 2017-2018 academic year.

MSPE awards scholarships annually to high school seniors interested in pursuing an engineering degree. They must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the 10th and 11th grades and must have a minimum ACT score of 26. Applications are available from high school counselors, local MSPE chapters, and the MSPE Central Office. For more information, please contact the scholarship coordinator at the MSPE Central Office at (517) 487-9388 or at scholarship@michiganspe.org. More information and the application can also be found at MSPE’s web site.  The application deadline is the first Friday in February.

High School Scholarships

In-State (Michigan) High School Scholarships

For more information or to complete this application.

Out-of-State High School Scholarships

For more information or to complete this application.

Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps Scholarship

The Stamps Scholarship, one of the University of Michigan’s most prestigious merit-based scholarships, is awarded to selected entering freshmen each year based on academic achievement. This scholarship was established in 2006 through the generosity of University of Michigan philanthropists Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps of Miami, Florida.

The Stamps Scholarship is given to undergraduate students admitted to the College of Engineeringand other UM schools and colleges. Students who have been admitted as first-year undergraduates are automatically considered for this merit based scholarship; a separate application is not needed. Rather, the university selects those students who have exceptional talentalong with other attributes such as demonstrated leadership qualities, outstanding academic credentials and a stellar commitment to their communities.

The annual scholarship award, renewable for four consecutive years of undergraduate study, can go up to the full cost of attendance.

Additional benefits of receiving of the Stamps Scholarship include:

  • Membership in the UM Stamps Scholars Society student organization.
  • For each Stamps Scholar, additional funding of up to $5,000 to support study abroad, community service, research and internships during their undergraduate studies.
  • Connections with the University’s Career Center, International Center and Ginsberg Center for Community Service.
  • Ability for a student to transfer from one UM school or college to another. For example, if a student transfers from LSA to the Ross School of Business, the student will still receive the annual Stamps scholarship.
  • An annual event with the scholarship donors, Penelope W. and E. Roe Stamps.
  • Becoming a member of the national Stamps Scholars organization with opportunities to connect and network with Stamps Scholars at 40 other plus colleges and universities.
  • Attending bi-annual Stamps Scholars National Conventions.

Related websites:

Office of Financial Aid


Office of University Development


Sidney J. and Irene Shipman Scholarship

The schools and colleges at the University of Michigan invite a total of 40-45 students each year to campus for consideration for the Shipman Scholarship. The visits take place during a weekend in March. Students do not submit an application, but rather are considered by each school, or college, at the university through their admission’s application.  Academic achievement, exceptional talent in the arts and sciences, leadership abilities, and academic potential will be considered in the nomination process.

Students that receive the full Shipman Scholarship, and are Michigan residents, are awarded $20,000/year, for four years, or completion of their undergraduate degree program; whichever comes first.  Students that are out of state students and receive the full Shipman Scholarship, are awarded $30,000/year. 

Students that are invited to campus as Shipman nominees, but are not selected for the full Shipman Scholarship, would receive a Shipman Scholarship award of $15,000./year as in state students, or, $25,000/year, as out of state students.

Students that receive either of the two awards, and choose to attend Michigan, are considered to be members of the Shipman Society.

A group interview is part of the Shipman Scholarship weekend.  Once the weekend is completed, the Shipman Scholarship committee selects the recipients of the full Shipman Scholarship.

For more information regarding the Shipman Society.

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