Letter from a Student

Letter from a Student

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By Paid in Full


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Dear PiFO Supporter,

I am going to be doing something new with my emails to supporters of Paid in Full Oregon. I asked Dr. Bhatia, the director of the Corban extension in OSCI, to ask his students to write a short essay on how the program has impacted them so far. Direct communication from the students to you should help give a clearer understanding of what your prayers and financial support accomplish.

Here is our first essay from Erik Kadin:

“My journey to Corban University started many years ago before I wrote the essay applying for this scholarship and acceptance for enrollment. Little did I know when I met with my church patriarch that I would be incarcerated. The Lord was speaking through him when he counseled me to be a lifelong learner AND student of the scriptures. I was literally being shown the path where I would fulfill my purpose in this life according to God’s plan.

Here at Corban University I am beginning the long process of preparing myself to help others, in all walks of life, and find stability and truth. Although this is only my first term here, I am diving right in with classes that are laying a foundation for success as a dedicated student and productive member of society. I am also learning what it means to be student of the liberal arts and why it so important historically to be prepared for the changes in society. Not only for myself but also so I may better serve the community around me.

The environment of prison has been difficult on me both mentally and physically these past few years. The Corban University community, both professors and fellow students have been and continue to be among the most profound blessings of my life. I am truly blessed to be here preparing myself to be of better service to others and make a real difference in the ODOC community and to society, as a whole, when I return home.

Without the guidance of our Heavenly Father, cooperation and support of Corban University, the Oregon Department of Corrections, and all the supporters of Paid in Full Oregon, none of this would be possible. I sincerely thank you all from the bottom of my heart for this life changing opportunity to grow beyond myself and become part of something greater.”

Just as Easter is coming this Sunday, representing the glorious resurrection of our Savior, the resurrection of HOPE is being given to our students through God’s faithful and continual blessing on this program. I hope and pray that you will continue to support the Corban extension in OCSI, both prayerfully and financially. Maybe a special gift would be in order this Holy Week?

Ever grateful,


Tom Kohl
Executive Director and Founder