Penny Jar Fund

The Penny Jar Fund was created by Dorothy Lehman Hoerr in memory of her father, who always saved his pennies in glass jars. In Dorothy’s junior year of college, her father was out of work with a back injury. After tuition was paid, little money was left for books. The twelve jars of pennies he gave her paid for her books that semester. Today the Penny Jar Fund honors Earl Lehman by providing emergency assistance to students in financial crisis.

The purpose of the fund is to provide non-tuition related financial assistance to students enrolled in a college located in Berks County, Pennsylvania, who have encountered an unexpected financial crisis as a result of an unplanned turn of events. This is available to currently enrolled undergraduate students. Students who have not yet graduated from high school are not eligible to apply. Graduate students are not eligible to apply.

The main distribution from the fund will be primarily for living expenses, professional testing fees, books, childcare, transportation, uniforms, and other emergency needs. The fund will not support tuition expenses.

Decisions are generally made within 30 days.

The application will be disabled once the annual allocation has been depleted, and then reactivated in mid-January of the following year.

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.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Are you enrolled in a college located in Berks County, Pennsylvania?
  2. Indicate the year, term or semester of undergrad study in which you are currently enrolled. Note: High school seniors who will just be starting college and graduate students are not eligible to apply.
  3. What type of expenses are you requesting funding for?
  4. Indicate the dollar amount of your request.
  5. If approved, to whom should the check be made payable? (We prefer to make it payable to a provider, i.e. bookstore, landlord, etc., but we can make it payable to you in some circumstances, depending on type of expense or situation).
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