Omaha – The UNO School of Criminology and Criminal Justice (SCCJ) is hosting their annual Jailhouse Scramble on Friday, September 15, at Tiburon Golf Course located in Gretna, Nebraska. The Jailhouse Scramble, now in its 22nd year, allows golfers of all skill levels to come together to raise scholarship dollars and have fun in the process. Proceeds raised through the scramble support scholarships for both graduate and undergraduate students studying in SCCJ.
Since 1995, hundreds of golfers have picked up their clubs and participated in the four-person scramble. While the location for the event has changed throughout its history, the goal of making college more affordable for students majoring in criminology and criminal justice keeps the golfers coming back year after year.
It really is a fun event with a great purpose. Plus the networking opportunities are priceless."
- Gaylene Armstrong, director, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
“It really is a fun event with a great purpose,” said Dr. Gaylene Armstrong, director of SCCJ. “Plus the networking opportunities are priceless. The Jailhouse Scramble is supported by so many people working in all areas of criminology and criminal justice, from corrections to policing. Our graduates love seeing former classmates and spending the day with criminal justice professionals working in a variety of career fields.”
Ken Fox, currently an officer with the Omaha Police Department, is a UNO alumnus who directly benefited from the Jailhouse Scramble in 2015 while working on his master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice. Pursuing a degree while having a family to care for is challenging. In addition to providing financial support, the scholarship bestowed upon Fox brought with it an unexpected intangible benefit as well, which became the catalyst for creating yet another scholarship at UNO.
“Receiving a UNO criminal justice graduate scholarship for me was not just financial assistance and recognition for my hard work and dedication that I had put into my graduate program,” Fox said. “It was a dark time for me, losing a close friend of mine on the job, Detective Kerrie Orozco. Receiving that award shined a light on me when I had a hard time finding good in the world. It impacted me so much that when I met with Kerrie's family to discuss funds that were being allocated from ‘Kerrie's Causes’ I introduced them to the idea of funding a scholarship in Kerrie's name at UNO,” Fox said.
The Jailhouse Scramble is open to any golfer, duffer to professional, who wants to support the UNO/UNL Criminal Justice Education Fund. All are welcome. The cost is $100 per person, which includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, and dinner. Check-in is at 10:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m. You can sign up your own foursome or sign up by yourself and get paired with other players. A dinner-only option for non-golfers is available for $25 per person. Dinner will be served at approximately 3:30 p.m.
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