The financial ramifications of being unable to work or passing away are enormous for officers and their families. In partnership with the Connelly Foundation, the COPS (Children of Police Scholarship) Fund was created in 2016 and served two (2) children in its first year. For the 2022–2023 school year, twenty-two (22) children of fallen or permanently injured officers are now benefiting from the COPS scholarship at an annual cost of approximately $140,000.
The COPS Fund initially launched in September 2016 and has recently broadened its eligibility requirements and funding limits as follows:
- If you have a child who is currently enrolled in school (K-12th grades), funding can be available to your family for private or parochial education.
- Children must be enrolled in the Philadelphia Region (which encompasses Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery Counties, the City of Camden, as well as Camden and Burlington Counties in NJ).
- All scholarship payments will be made directly by CSFP to the selected school subject to enrollment/attendance verification twice yearly.
- The maximum scholarship award is $5,000 per year for elementary-aged students.
- The maximum high school award (grades 9-12) is set at $10,000 per year.
The COPS Fund is administered by the Children’s Scholarship Fund Philadelphia (CSFP). The PPF pays a very small administrative fee to CSFP annually for their work on the fund which includes distributing scholarship funds directly to approved schools and ensuring program compliance by both families and schools. CSFP provides an annual report to include the following: students served, schools where funds were used, scholarship dollars spent, balance remaining, investment income earned and matching dollars raised.