The Charles W. Colson Scholarship

The Charles W. Colson Scholarship provides former prisoners with a college education and life formation program that develops them as Christian leaders.

"The Colson Scholarship Program at Wheaton College is a grand opportunity for ex-prisoners to obtain a first-rate education preparing them for leadership in many areas of ministry." - Charles W. Colson

In 1988, the Charles W. Colson Scholarship was established by a generous friend of the Institute for Prison Ministries (IPM) and named in honor of Chuck Colson for his valuable service to the field of prison ministry. Since its introduction, numerous candidates have received scholarships to attend Wheaton College's undergraduate and graduate school, or the correctional ministries credential program. This Colson scholarship program is administered by IPM.

Colson scholar Dan Olsen shares about what God has done in his life since being released from prison. With a goal to make the Olympic Greco-Roman wrestling team, Dan is now rebuilding his life through the support of many at Wheaton College.

Education Programs

Correctional Ministries Credential Program 

  • A 18 credit undergraduate or graduate non-degree program
  • Emphasis Areas: Correctional Chaplaincy, Reentry Leadership, or Correctional Ministries Focus Area


  • Degrees offered: B.A., B.S., B. Mus., B. Mus Ed.
  • Majors: There are 40 majors offered from such areas as Art, Bible, Business, Communications, Education, Engineering, Languages, Mathematics, Music, Science, and Social Science


  • Degrees offered: M.A. and M.A.T