Seton Hall University

Dr. Stephen and Beverly Hoptay Fellowship Application

Purpose: Desiring to provide financial assistance to students enrolled in the Police Graduate Studies Program within the College of Education and Human Services at Seton Hall University – and in recognition of the impact that Captain Hoptay's Seton Hall education has had on his professional success as a career law enforcement officer with the New Jersey State Police, Stephen and Beverly Hoptay established this graduate fellowship fund.

Description: Fellowship awards will be made to qualified applicants who are current New Jersey State Troopers and who meet the criteria below. Award recipients will be selected by the College of Education and Human Services. Provided that recipients otherwise maintain eligibility, fellowship awards may be renewed for an additional year pending completion of a renewal application form.

Criteria: Criteria for the use of this graduate fellowship fund will be as follows:

  1. Graduate fellowship awards may be made ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 for the academic year based on merit to applicants who are New Jersey State Troopers.
  2. This fellowship award will be applied toward the recipient’s tuition costs.

Selection Process: Recipients will be selected through a competitive process coordinated by the College of Education and Human Services and the Office of Financial Aid at Seton Hall University based on:

  1. Academic achievement. Academic accomplishment will be considered but it is not the sole criterion for selection. All-around achievement, character, and indications of probable further development are also important factors.
  2. Personal motivations. Applicants must show their commitment to excellence in law enforcement, initiative and responsibility to advance the greater good. Through their written personal statement, the successful applicants will demonstrate how this award is relevant and valuable to their career plans. The personal statement should provide a better sense of who the applicant is and how they approach life.
  3. Quality of Community Service. The successful applicant will have made a clear commitment to community service. Selection will be based on the applicant’s dedication to servant leadership qualities of integrity, compassion and a commitment to helping others as evidenced in the letter of recommendation.

The Dean of the College of Education and Human Services will notify the Donor and the recipients of each fellowship award approximately one month following the application deadline.

Application Requirements:

  1. This completed application form must be from the applicant and endorsed below by the applicant’s supervisor.
  2. Documentation of community service such as a letter of recommendation from a community partner, Church pastor or similar and written on their letterhead must be provided.
  3. A copy of the applicant's resume or curriculum vitae must accompany this application.
  4. A copy of the applicant's academic transcript(s).

Application Deadlines:
Application must be postmarked or sent electronically no later than:

  • Spring semester: November 15th
  • Fall semester: March 31st