National Park Service Employee and Alumni Trust Fund
The National Park Service Employee and Alumni Trust Fund, a 501(c)3 tax exempt entity, supports the George B. Hartzog, Jr. Education Loan Program and disaster relief efforts. The Trust is administered by a group of Trustees.
Call Bonnie Stetson at (215) 283-6900 ex. 131 for a loan or aid application or for questions about the program.
The George B. Hartzog, Jr. Education Loan Program
The George B. Hartzog, Jr. Educational Loan Program, named in honor of the former National Park Service Director, was established in 1974 to offer interest-free loans to National Park Service members for the educational needs of their dependent children or grandchildren. The limits for the Educational Loan Program are $2,500 per year per child, a total of $10,000 maximum per child, and $20,000 cumulative maximum per family.
In addition, NPS employees are also eligible to take loans of up to $1,000 for their personal education.
Applications and transcripts for dependent children/grandchildren must be received by March 1st of each year. Early payment on dependent education loans is encouraged as this provides resources for other fellow members to use for their higher education needs.
Disaster Relief Fund
The National Park Service Employee and Alumni Trust Fund offers a disaster relief program to aid NPS and partner employees in the event of major disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires, or earthquakes or incidents of personal calamity.
The disaster relief fund program is open to all NPS employees and to employees of other partner organizations directly impacted by the disaster. NPS E&A Trust Fund aid is meant to provide affected individuals with immediate assistance for temporary shelter, food, damage to homes, and essential personal property, or to assist with the adverse impact of a personal calamity. Assistance will depend on the amount of available resources currently on-hand, the time needed to solicit and successfully raise additional contributions for disaster relief, and the number and the cumulative amount of the requests for aid.
Once the E&A Trust Fund agrees to support a disaster relief initiative, it will normally work closely with an Incident Command Team or with senior leadership to coordinate the relief effort. Normally a “Request for Aid” form is drafted to address the particular event or calamity and made available for distribution to those affected. Eligible parties should submit a completed Request for Aid directly to the “National Park Service Employees and Alumni Trust Fund – Disaster Relief.” To ensure that eligibility requirements are met, forms must be approved by the Incident Command Team or a management team member from the National Park Service or equivalent federal agency. Requests for Aid must be submitted within 30 days of the event.