Fund for the Advancement of Access to Justice

The Fund for the Advancement of Access to Justice provides financial assistance to Berks County residents seeking to become certified as legal interpreters in Berks County. Scholarships from the fund help students pay fees associated with sitting for interpreter orientation and exams as described on the Unified Judicial System of Pennsylvania website: http://www.pacourts.us/judicial-administration/court-programs/interpreter-program/interpreter-certification.

Scholarships are limited to Berks County residents who intend to become legal interpreters in Berks County. The maximum amount of assistance from this fund to any one person is $450. We cannot reimburse you for portions of the exam you already took prior to applying for assistance.

• Up to $150 for the orientation session
• Upon successful completion of the orientation session, up to $50 for the written exam
• Upon successful completion of the written exam, up to $100 for the simultaneous oral exam
• Upon successful completion of the simultaneous oral exam, up to $150 for the sight and consecutive oral exam

To be considered for this scholarship, submit this application. If approved, you will only be approved to receive assistance for one exam at a time. Once you pass that exam, you can request assistance for the next exam by sending an email to scholarships@bccf.org, along with proof that you passed the previous exam. All applicants will be notified within 45 days of submitting the application.

Applications are accepted from December 1st through October 15th each year until the fund is exhausted. Applications will not be accepted from October 16th through November 30th.

In order to apply for a scholarship, you must click the Sign Up button in the top right corner to create an account. If you already established an account, click Sign In to proceed with applying for a scholarship.

Award
$150.00
Deadline
10/15/2019
Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you a resident of Berks County, PA?
  2. Are you seeking to become certified as a legal interpreter in Berks County?
  3. In what language do you intend to become a certified legal interpreter in Berks County?
  4. Have you submitted the Foreign Language Registration Form to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts?
  5. Have you received notification from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts that you have been accepted to participate in the Interpreter Certification Program?
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