Karl Winsness understands that children of incarcerated parents are never to be blamed for anything. Not for their parents’ errors and misdeeds. And never to suffer unjustly for having parents incarcerated in prison. So he gives $1,000 monthly out of his salary to send children of incarcerated parents to college.
So he helps as many children as he can in Salt Lake City through the Willy the Plumber Scholarship program. He is himself a plumber.
Winsness believes you do not have to be a Rockefeller or a Bill Gates before you become a philanthropist.
Just believe strongly enough in a cause and be willing to promote it with all you’ve got, and you’re good to go.
Willy the Plumber Scholarship Sends Prison Kid Cy Lindberg To College
Since attending a local school within the state was financially burdensome. The thought of saving enough money to go to college always kept Cy in check.
But Winsness came along and took an interest in Cy. Now through the Willy the Plumber Scholarship, Winsness is helping Cy to go to college, CBS News reports.
Macie Nielson is another student among hundreds that Winsness has helped through the scholarship. Macie is now able to attend college through the Willy the Plumber Scholarship program.
She moved in with her grandmother at the age of five when both of her parents were sent to prison. Her hopes of a better education and further are now revived by Winsness through the Willy the Plumber scholarship.
“You get really down on yourself, people judge you and you just feel like you can’t do anything,” Macie said. “And all of a sudden you have this random stranger who believes in you and knows that you’re not who your parents are, and you do have a chance.”
All about the Willy the Plumber Scholarship Program
First off the flyer, the Willy the Plumber scholarship website is designed and managed by Winsness the plumber himself.
Winsness states on the site that the scholarship is “specifically for Utah children of inmates doing a lot of time or if their parents are habitually getting locked up and doing time.”
He calls children of incarcerated parents the “Forgotten Victims of Crime,” saying they are only victims of bad choices made by parents.
Winsness calls strongly for donations towards the Willy the Plumber scholarship program. He stated the purpose of the program is to help children do better than their incarcerated parents; and to provide financial help toward college.