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, 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.

Applications are closed for the 2017 program awards. The 2017 program awards are for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Eligibility Criteria

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

  • Applicant uses listening and 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 at 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.

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.

Do You Have Questions?

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