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.

This program is open and accepting applications for the 2015 program.

2015 Program 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 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 2015-2016 academic year.
Application and Deadline

Click here for an application (Writable PDF)

The deadline for applications is April 22, 2015. All materials must arrive together in one package by 5:00 p.m. local time on April 22, 2015. Only transcripts sent directly from the educational institution will be accepted separately from the application.

Mail application package to:

    Attn: Nofer Scholarship Application
    Alexander Graham Bell Association
    3417 Volta Place NW
    Washington, DC 20007

Please note:

  • We do not confirm receipt of applications upon delivery. If you would like to know right away whether or not your application was received, you may choose to send your application using the USPS Return Receipt (green postcard) or by a service that can confirm delivery. Please know that delivery confirmation requiring a signature or in-person certification 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

Although we do not confirm receipt of an application upon delivery, once an application has been screened for eligibility and completeness, we will send an email to let the applicant know the status of the application. Applications that are received 7 to 10 days or more before the deadline will receive these email notifications more quickly. Email notifications will be delayed for applications that are received in the week just before the deadline when many other applications are received. For eligible applications, the notification email will include information about when you can expect to be notified of the award decisions. Notification of award decisions will be by email only. Both those selected and those not selected will receive an email.

Shortly after the deadline, eligible applications will be forwarded to the award selection committee for review. Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria are destroyed. 

Do You Have Questions?

If you have a question or would like clarification, please send us an email. Responses may take up to three business days so please plan accordingly when submitting your email.