My name is Tenaya and I have been blessed with a scholarship from the Creative Corrections Education Foundation. Growing up without my father has been the toughest thing to handle. As a child I always missed out on father-daughter activities because mine was incarcerated. Despite our growing relationship through phone calls and letters, I can’t help but wonder how my life would’ve been growing up if he was here throughout. I am currently pursuing my Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin, in hopes that I can help children like me cope with such difficulties and troubled youth like my father started out as. With this award, CCEF has given me the extra push that I need to achieve my goal.

Once I achieve it, I hope to give back to others just as CCEF has given to me. I am greatly appreciative of the Creative Corrections Education Foundation for believing in me despite my circumstances.