George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy

About This Scholarship

The George H. Nofer Scholarship for Law and Public Policy is for full-time graduate students with a pre-lingual bilateral hearing loss in the moderately-severe to profound range, who use listening and spoken language as their primary method of communication, and who are attending an accredited mainstream law school or a masters or doctoral program in public policy or public administration.

This scholarship was established to recognize George H. Nofer’s service and generosity to the Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AG Bell) and to the fields of law and deafness research and education. Mr. Nofer, a retired partner of the law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP in Philadelphia, is a former member of the AG Bell board of directors. He is a Trustee Emeritus of the Oberkotter Foundation and served for more than 15 years as its Executive Director.

Up to three awards of up to $5,000 each may be awarded per year. Previous recipients of the George H. Nofer Scholarship may re-apply for a scholarship, provided that they are still in school and a minimum of nine credit hours was completed in the previous year of study.

The application period for this program is usually open to accept applications between January and April each year. Specific deadlines will be published on this web page when the application period opens.

Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for this program, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Applicant uses spoken language as the primary mode of communication.
  • Applicant has a pre-lingual hearing loss (diagnosed prior to the fourth birthday).
  • Applicant’s hearing loss is bilateral and in the moderately severe to profound range. Applicants must have an unaided Pure-Tone Average (PTA) of 60dB or greater in the better hearing ear in the speech frequencies of 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz. Individuals with cochlear implants meet this eligibility requirement. Unilateral (one-sided) hearing loss does not qualify.
    Formula for calculating the PTA: On the unaided audiogram, look at the results for the better-hearing ear at 500, 1000 and 2000 Hz and add those three numbers together, then divide that total by three. The result is the Pure Tone Average. To be eligible for this award, the applicant's PTA must be 60 or greater.
  • Applicant has been accepted to or is enrolled in an accredited law school or masters/doctoral program in public policy or public administration as a full-time graduate student for the  academic year beginning in the fall following the application period
Application and Deadline
The deadline for applications is usually in mid-April. All materials must arrive together in one package by 5:00 p.m. EST on or before the published deadline. Only transcripts sent directly from the educational institution will be accepted separately from the application.

Mail application package to:

    AG Bell -  Nofer Scholarship Application
    3417 Volta Place NW
    Washington, DC 20007

Please note:

  • We do not confirm receipt of applications upon delivery. If you would like confirmation that your application was received, you may choose to send your application using a delivery services (e.g., US Postal Service certified or express mail, Federal Express, DHL, etc.). We ask you not to require a signature or in-person certification as this may delay delivery. AG Bell does not accept any responsibility nor make exceptions for delivery delays including those resulting from delivery confirmation requirements. To ensure timely delivery, applicants are encouraged to submit applications well in advance of the deadline.
  • Faxed applications will not be accepted under any circumstances.
  • Late and incomplete applications will not be considered under any circumstances.
  • Applications will not be returned for any reason. 

Please do not contact AG Bell seeking an exception to these policies. 

Administrative Processes and Notification

Once the review of all applications has been conducted by the Award Selection Committee, all applicants will receive notice of the committee’s decision whether to fund a scholarship for that applicant. This notification will be made to the email address provided in your application.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Answers to the most frequently asked questions about AG Bell College Scholarship Programs.

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