The mission of the Patrick Townsend Memorial Health & Welfare Fund (“Fund”) is to render financial aid
to the members of the law enforcement community and their immediate families due to medical and/or
Additionally, the Fund supports charitable organizations dedicated to benefitting the health and welfare
of children. The Fund also provides scholarships for the physically and mentally challenged children of
members in good standing in New York State FOP Lodge 317. A “member in good standing” is a member
who has paid his/her dues for three (3) years prior to the submission of an application for assistance or
As a member in good standing in New York State FOP Lodge 317, the member, his/her spouse, children
or step-children shall be eligible for up to a maximum assistance of Five Hundred dollars ($500.00).
A member of the law enforcement community or his/her spouse, child or step-child shall be eligible for
assistance of Two Hundred-Fifty dollars ($250.00).
The total annual contributions to all charitable organizations dedicated to benefitting children shall not
exceed One Thousand dollars ($1,000.00).
Eligibility is limited to a dependent child or step-child of a member in good standing in the New York
State FOP Lodge 317. Applications are available on the FOP Lodge 317 website and limited to one
application per child per year.
There will be one scholarship awarded for a member’s child entering high school and another for a child
entering college. In the event there are no scholarships awarded for a high school or college, then there
will be two scholarships awarded for high schools or two scholarships awarded for college.
In addition, one scholarship will be awarded for a member’s child entering a special needs program.
The annual scholarship will be distributed in August of the same year the child or step-child will be
attending an accredited school or program for special needs and the winner will be selected by lottery.