Twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year, your family, home and place of business are protected by law enforcement officers, firefighters, and emergency medical personnel. These individuals lay their lives on the line daily to make Camden County a better place to live. All these people, career and volunteer, are prepared to risk their lives every day and they deserve our support.
The Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund provides concerned community-minded individuals the opportunity to show that they care about the people who care for them.
The purpose of our organization is to render financial and educational assistance to the surviving spouse and children who are left with little or no support when a law enforcement officer, firefighter, or emergency medical person loses his/her life or is totally and permanently disabled in the line of duty. We also offer educational scholarships to graduating high school seniors on an annual basis, who have a parent serving, or they themselves serve Camden County in a public safety capacity.
The Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund dates back to 1966, and was modeled after the Philadelphia Hero Scholarship Fund. Since our inception, 50 children have been deemed eligible for scholarships because their parent has made the ultimate sacrifice while serving the citizens of Camden County.
In 1990, the Board of Trustees decided to broaden the mission of the Hero Scholarship Fund to better meet the needs of the families of our heroes. This decision resulted in the reorganization and establishment of the “200 Club.” In 2003, the Board again reevaluated their position and felt it in the best interest of the organization and those it served, to revert back to the name of the Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund. The principles and purposes of the organization remain the same, only the name has changed.
The Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who receives its income from the dues and continuing annual support of its members. Initial dues are $200 per member for a personal/business membership and $1000 for a corporate membership. *For a corporate membership, five representatives become members of the Fund. Subsequent yearly dues are $100 per member for a personal/business membership and $500 for a corporate membership.
Also introduced in 2005 is our public safety membership. This annual $50 membership is open to all active members of Camden County’s public safety personnel.
Anyone interested in supporting and furthering the objectives of the Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund is eligible for membership. All contributions are tax deductible.