For Current CI Students

Contact Info

General Email Inquiries:

Physical Address:
555 West 57th Street Suite 609B
New York, NY 10019

Postal Address:
College Initiative
P.O. Box 966
New York, NY 10116

Phone Numbers:
Ebony Abel-Brown, Academic Counselor: 646.781.5114
Jessica Jensen, Coordinator of Academic Counseling and Mentoring: 646.781.5113
Ebony Maher, Academic Counselor: 646.781.5115
Carlos Quintana, Program Coordinator: 212.887.6204

Visiting Our Office

CI is located inside the BMW Building, on the campus of John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

We advise you to call ahead and let your academic counselor know you are coming. Please enter 555 West 57th street (57th street between 10th and 11th avenues) and proceed to the Public Safety desk, where your academic counselor will be called and you will be directed to CI’s offices.



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Dear College Initiative Community,

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2017 College Initiative (CI) Scholarship. Please read the entirety of this letter concerning this semester’s scholarship. Applications are due Friday, September 29th, 2017 before 5pm.

Am I eligible?
To be eligible for a scholarship, you must meet all of the following requirements:
• Currently enrolled in an accredited college and program;
• Can demonstrate active participation in the CI community over the past year. Active participation includes at least one of these options:
o Participating in a CI community event;
o Being part of the CI mentoring program;
o Meeting with your Academic Counselor;
o Running a CI workshop or community meeting; or
o Participating as a guest speaker at events, orientations, or outreach activities.

There is no GPA or minimum credit requirement.

Please answer the following questions in a Word Document. Please do not exceed 500 words.

Describe your experiences with College Initiative thus far. (For example, how did you learn about CI; how long have you been a part of our community; and what does CI mean to you?)
Describe how you have participated, provided support, or received support from the CI community within the past year (such as attending workshops, participating in peer mentoring, meeting with your academic counselor, etc.)?
Please describe how the scholarship will help you with your education? (For example, will you use the scholarship for tuition, books, transportation, laptop, housing?)

Scholarship amounts are based on available funds. You will be notified of the amount you will receive as soon as we have that information.

Where do I apply?
The complete application is not on our website. This document includes all of the forms you will need for your application. We will not accept any applications through email or fax. You may drop off your application in our office or mail it to us. Please note that we have an address for mailing and our physical address (see below).

John Jay College Prisoner Reentry Institute
Attn: College Initiative
Re: Scholarship
524 West 59th Street
Suite 609B-BMW
New York, New York 10019

If you are planning on dropping off your application, please contact Carlos Quintana at or call (212) 887-6204.

Application materials:

Please submit the following IN PERSON OR BY MAIL:
Completed College Initiative Fall 2017 Scholarship Application;
• Word document of answers to the questions mentioned above with your name in the header;
• An up-to-date transcript (unofficial);
• Completed W-9 form; and
• Fafsa Student Aid Report (SAR)

Applications without all supporting documents will not be considered.

Good luck! The CI team is incredibly proud of your commitment to educating yourself and the hard work you put in. Much success and growth this semester.

The College Initiative Team


The Victor Hassine Memorial Essay Prize

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This annual prize honors the memory of Victor Hassine, who tragically took his life after 27 long years of confinement in Pennsylvania prisons. During those years, Victor used his creative talent to produce a host of fiction and non-fiction writings on crime and punishment. Victor believed that much of the injustice in the world, especially as seen in our prisons, stems from ignorance. He wrote to dispel that ignorance, to educate and inform, and to move others to action.

Victor Hassine’s legacy lives on in his writings, especially his classic work of social science Life Without Parole: Living and Dying in Prison Today, published by Oxford University Press. The Victor Hassine Memorial Essay Competition is designed to encourage a new generation of young men and women to produce original works on crime and punishment and to use their talents in service of a more just and humane future.

To learn more about the competition, contact Carlos Quintana at 212.887.6204 or