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.

Funding available:

  • 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.

To apply, click on “Apply for a Scholarship” under the “Scholarships + Grants” section of the website menu.