Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund
Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund

The Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund

Announces the

Officer Michael J. Katherman Scholarship Award

The Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (BALEAF), established in 1999, provides support for law enforcement families who have had members killed in the line of duty, seriously injured, or experienced a catastrophic event/illness.

 

The BALEAF Scholarship Program, in partnership with the San Francisco Police Credit Union, has established a Scholarship Award for 2017 in memory of Officer Michael J. Katherman of the San Jose Police Department, who went down in the line of duty in 2016.

 

 

The “Officer Michael J. Katherman Scholarship Award” will provide financial assistance for dependents of Law Enforcement Families who wish to pursue a course of study beyond High School at an accredited Business/Trade School, a two (2) year College, or a four (4) year College/University.

 

Eligibility

 

Scholarship applicants must be an eligible dependent of a sworn or non-sworn employee (active, retired or deceased) of the San Jose Police Department.  Eligible dependents include spouse, children, adopted children and step-children.

 

 

Application Requirements

 

  • Written Essay will be available on-line on May 12, 2017.
  • Completed Application and Written Essay must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 23, 2017.
  • Proof of Enrollment:
    • A G.P.A. of 2.0 or higher
    • Copy of your most recent transcript

Bay Area

Law Enforcement Assistance Fund

Memorial Scholarship Program

The Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund (BALEAF), established in 1999, provides support for law enforcement families who have had members killed in the line of duty, seriously injured, or experienced a catastrophic event/illness or loss of life.

 

The BALEAF Memorial Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to law enforcement families who wish to pursue a course of study beyond high school.

 

Each year, the BALEAF Memorial Scholarship Program will remember our fallen heroes. For 2017, we will be honoring two (2) Police Officers who have died in the line of duty from the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

The James F. Dougherty Memorial Scholarship will award one (1) scholarship for $1,500 - open to all eligible applicants.

 

  • Officer James F. Dougherty of the San Francisco Police Department, who died in the line of duty January 11, 2000 as a result of a helicopter crash.  He served 29 years as an officer, with his last assignment as a Spotter on the SFPD helicopter.  He is survived by his domestic partner and three children, including daughter Bridget Lyons, past Secretary on the Board of Directors for BALEAF.  Officer Dougherty is also survived by his 7 adult grandchildren, as well as his son-in-law, retired SFPD Officer Charlie Lyons, and retired SFPD Lieutenant Lynette Hogue.  The late SFPD Sergeant Roger Liljedahl was his brother-in-law.

 

The Jim Bloesch Memorial Scholarship will award one (1) scholarship for $1,500 - open to all eligiable applicants.

 

  • Officer Jim Bloesch of the San Francisco Police Department, who died in the line of duty on August 2, 1988.  He served 16 years with his final, and most loved assignment, as an officer and trainer in the Mounted Unit.  He is survived by his wife, Stephanie, three adult children, including son, Fairfield Police Sergeant Matt Bloesch, Board Member of BALEAF, and seven grandchildren.

 

2017 Memorial Scholarship

 

In partnership with the San Francisco Police Credit Union, the 2017 BALEAF Scholarship Program will remember and honor one (1) additional police officer who has recently died in the line of duty in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

The Michael J. Katherman Memorial Scholarship will award one (1) scholarship in the amount of $1,500 - for San Jose Police Department applicants only.

 

  • Officer Michael J. Katherman of the San Jose Police Department,
    who died in the line of duty on June 14, 2016.  He served 11 years on the San Jose Police Department, with his last assignment on the San Jose Police Department's Motor Unit.  Katherman was a devoted husband, father of two sons, and dedicated police officer, who devoted some of his time to a society to support the families of other officers killed in the line of duty.  He is survived by his wife and two sons, Josh and Jason.

 

2017 BALEAF Academic Scholarships

 

This year, BALEAF will sponsor the 2017 Academic Scholarships to remember and honor the families of those Law Enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty, or were seriously injured, or experienced a catastrophic event/illness or loss of life.

 

The BALEAF 2017 Academic Scholarship will award three (3) scholarships each for $1,000 - open to all eligible applicants.

 

 

Eligibility

 

Scholarship applicants must be an eligible dependent of a sworn or non-sworn employee (active, retired or deceased) of a Law Enforcement Agency within the 9 Bay Area Counties (San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Santa Clara, Alameda, Napa, Solano, Sonoma, and Contra Costa).

 

Eligible dependents include spouses, children, adopted children and stepchildren.

 

 

General Information

 

Scholarship Awards maybe used for:

  • Accredited Business/Trade School
  • Accredited Two (2) year college
  • Accredited Four (4) year college/university

 

Scholarship recipients will be determined based on the information provided in the required essay and may be, if necessary, awarded based on a “Lottery” Selection.

 

Scholarships are awarded on an annual basis and will not be based upon sex, sexual orientation, age, race, creed, national origin, or religious preference.

 

Applicants seeking financial assistance are limited to the receipt of one (1) scholarship award per year.

 

Applicants can reapply each year, however they are limited to a maximum of two (2) scholarship awards.

 

Scholarship funds shall be spent for educational needs and are subject to the terms and conditions in this Announcement and Application.

 

Scholarship Awards are paid directly to the institution on behalf of the scholarship recipient and may be expended only for tuition, required texts, and associated fees.

 

The BALEAF Scholarship Program is funded by donations from member law enforcement officers and community sponsors and will be limited to the first 100 applicants each year applications are accepted.

 

Application Requirements

 

  1. Applicants must be enrolled in the fall semester of the forthcoming school year.
  2. Applicants must be a Full Time Student carrying a minimum of 12 units per semester or 6 units per quarter.
  3. Applicants must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 or higher.
  4. Scholarship applicants must provide copies of their most recent transcripts.
  5. Student ID Number and proof of enrollment must be provided before scholarships are awarded.
  6. Application and Written Essay topic are available online.
  7. Completed and sign application form and required Written Essay by June 23, 2017.

 

Application Process 

 

  1. Application and Written Essay topic are provided on-line.
  2. Completion and return a signed Application via email.
  3. Completion of the required Essay on a Law Enforcement topic.

 

Timeline

 

BALEAF will start accepting on-line Applications and Written Essays on May 12, 2017.

Scholarship Applications and Written Essays must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on June 23, 2017.

Scholarship winners will be announced – July 10, 2017.

Applicants are reminded to make sure that the acceptance of a BALEAF Scholarship does not adversely affect any other Financial Assistance they maybe receiving.

 

Questions or general inquiries may be addressed at baleafscholarship2017@baleaf.org.

 

 

 

Link for Application and Essay download click here:     APPLICATION

Want to Become a Supporter?

To contact us, please call us at:

415 837-0875

 

Or fill out our contact form online.

 

You can also email us at:

baleaf1025@gmail.com.

 

Or write to us at:

Bay Area Law Enforcement Assistance Fund

P.O. Box 31764

San Francisco, CA 94131

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