The Broward County Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (BCPBA) presented awards to the winners of its annual college scholarship essay contest at the quarterly board of directors meeting held on June 29, 2017.
The organization awarded top scholarships for the 2017-2018 academic year to five students of the organizationâ€™s law enforcement members. The essay question for the applicants was, â€œWith the growing number of protests and demonstrations occurring lately around the country, how do you think law enforcement can effectively balance freedom of speech with public safety concerns?â€
This yearâ€™s first place winner is Emily Shimpeno of Pembroke Pines. Emily received a $1,200 scholarship, which will be applied toward her education at Florida Gulf Coast University. The first place scholarship was sponsored by Matthew Oppedisano of the Wellington, Florida-based Law Enforcement Retirement Advisory Service.
The second place winner was Tyler Ray of Pompano Beach. Tyler received a $600 scholarship, which will be applied toward his education at Mary Washington University.
The remaining winners each received scholarships in the amount $500 from the Broward County PBA.
The third place recipient was Caroline Volpe of Boca Raton. Caroline will be continuing her education at Tallahassee Community College and then Florida State University. Ivanna Cerna of Pembroke Pines earned the fourth place award, and will be attending Broward College. The fifth place winner was Nicole Pardon of Coconut Creek. Nicole will be attending Florida State University.
The Broward County PBA Annual Scholarship Award was founded in 2003 as part of The HOPE Fundâ€™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.