Battle of the Badges Scholarship Fund

Award Amount
Application deadline
Awarded By:

Berks County Community Foundation

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Must be a graduating high school senior who plans to continue his/her education after high school at a vocational-technical school or at a two- or four-year college, university, or trade school.
  4. Must be the child of an active police officer or firefighter, or a retired or deceased officer or firefighter.
  5. The police officer or firefighter under whose eligibility the student is applying must be serving or have served in Reading, Pennsylvania.
  6. Must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or an 85 percent or higher on a 100 percent scale.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This scholarship is open to U.S. high school seniors who are children of active police officers or firefighters serving in the City of Reading (PA) or retired or deceased police officers or firefighters who served in the City of Reading (PA). Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Application requirements for the Battle of the Badges Scholarship Fund are:

  • Application form
  • Essay
  • Official Transcript
Additional Information: Recipients must be good citizens in their school and in their community. All applicants will be notified in May. Berks County Community Foundation employees, board members and/or committee members are not eligible to apply for or be nominated for a scholarship offered by Berks County Community Foundation, nor are their immediate family members. However, immediate family members are eligible to be nominated and recognized as the recipient of a scholarship, but without the financial award of the scholarship. Immediate families include spouses; children, stepchildren, grandchildren, stepgrandchildren, and their respective spouses; siblings and their spouses; and ancestors. The ineligibility period for Berks County Community Foundation board members or employees and their family members extends five years after board service or employment terminates. The ineligibility period for committee members who are not Berks County Community Foundation staff or board is in effect only during their term of service and is only related to the committee on which they make decisions.

Award Amount: $750 annually, non-renewable.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $750.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 15

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Friday, March 15

Applications are available on the Berks County Community Foundation (BCCF) website. All applicants must apply via the BCCF online application. Students must create an account to access the application. As part of the application, the student will be required to submit the following materials: an essay of 250 to 500 words that addresses the topic "How has your parent's job as a police officer or firefighter influenced your life and/or your career decision?"; and his/her most recent college transcript. Applications must be submitted by the deadline date.
About Berks County Community Foundation:
Contact Information: Leta Doganes, Scholarship and Grant Administrator
Address: 237 Court St. Reading, Pennsylvania 19601

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