Since 2006, The Officer William J. Chapman Memorial Scholarship has honored a colleague of the Hatfield Township Police Department by financially assisting graduating high school seniors with the next level of their educational goals.
Members of the Hatfield Township Police Department who wished to honor their friend and co-worker’s dedication to public service could think of no better way to cultivate the ideals held by Officer Chapman than by assisting students who have chosen to pursue a career that personally invests their efforts and talents back into their communities. Graduating high school seniors seeking an undergraduate degree in a public service-oriented field such as criminal justice/law, education, social work, or medicine are eligible to apply for this scholarship.
The scholarships are awarded following a selection process that includes interviewing each applicant. Through 2016, 47 graduating seniors from 5 area high schools have been the recipients of this scholarship.
The Officer William J. Chapman Memorial Scholarship Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in 2009 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization (as defined by the Internal Revenue Service). The scholarship is funded solely by donations and is overseen by an all-volunteer board of directors.