A merit-based scholarship program for at-risk youths, who have already had involvement with the court system, to encourage and support their post-high school academic pursuits.
In 2010 Mrs. Ann Hoffer, wife of the late President Judge George E. Hoffer, created a scholarship fund which bears Judge Hoffer's name and is today administered through the Bar Foundation. Funded primarily with money directly from Ann Hoffer, the Foundation has provided over $41,000 in scholarship support to 14 students entering or continuing a college career. Each year the Cumberland County Probation Office recommends to the Scholarship Committee a new incoming freshman to receive a potential four year award. If approved by the Foundation Board, the award amount is sent directly to the College or University to offset tuition and other educational expenses. If the student continues to pursue his or her studies and meets minimum grade levels set by the Foundation, the award will follow them for up to fours years. Each year the recipients gather in Courtroom 3, Judge Hoffer's Courtoom, to be publicly acknowledged and to inform those in attendance concerning their educational journey and goals for the future as well as the impact which the Scholarship has had on them.
Available to all youth nominated by a Cumberland County Juvenile Probation Officer who have met the following criteria:
Each calendar year, one or more deserving Cumberland County youth will be awarded a partial scholarship to pursue his/her education at an acceptable institution of learning. Applications must be completed and submitted by interested youth by contacting the Cumberland County Juvenile Probation Officer they are currently working with or have worked with in the past and completing the scholarship application in full by May 1st of the corresponding school year. The applications will be reviewed by the Chief Juvenile Probation Officer, one designated line staff probation officer, and the Juvenile Court Judge. The applications will be reviewed and approved by the CCBF Board of Trustees. The award winner will be chosen by July 1st and the announcement will be made in an award presentation ceremony prior to commencement of the fall school semester. The award will be sent directly to the institution of learning once the student has been accepted and shows an open account with the school business office. The scholarship(s) will be awarded on an annual basis, $1,000.00 for the first year, $2,000.00 for the second year, $3,000.00 for the third year and $4,000.00 for the fourth year, for a maximum of four years throughout the duration of the award recipient’s course of study provided the award winner remains in good academic standing. Terms and conditions of The Honorable George E. Hoffer Scholarship Program includes a yearly written report from the recipient to Ann Hoffer, widow of the late Honorable George E. Hoffer, former President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas of Cumberland County and a yearly review of the progress of the scholarship program by the Foundation’s Hoffer Scholarship Committee to clarify any needed amendments to the program.
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