The Broward County Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (BCPBA) presented awards to the winners of its annual essay contest at the quarterly board of directors meeting held on June 23, 2016.

The organization awarded top scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year to five students of the organization’s law enforcement members.

This year’s first place winner is Brittany Bolger of Coral Springs. Brittany received a $1,200 scholarship, which will be applied toward her education at the University of Central Florida. The first place scholarship was sponsored by Matthew Oppedisano of the Wellington, Florida-based Law Enforcement Retirement Advisory Service.

The second place winner was Jake Bottom of Coconut Creek. Jake received a $600 scholarship, which will be applied toward his education at Florida State College at Jacksonville.

The remaining winners each received scholarships in the amount $500 from the Broward County PBA.

The third place recipient was Tanner Yurchuck of Lake Worth. Tanner will be attending Florida Gulf Coast University. Tori Fernandez of West Palm Beach earned the fourth place award, and she is currently attending the University of Central Florida. The fifth place winner was Kerigan McCoy of Coconut Creek. Kerigan will be attending Florida Atlantic University.

The Broward County PBA Annual Scholarship Award was founded in 2003 as part of The HOPE Fund’s mission to assist the children of law enforcement members in their effort to attend college. To be eligible for the scholarship, participants must be the son or daughter of a Broward County PBA member in good standing and plan to be a part-time or full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year university. More information about the scholarship may be found at bcpba.org.