The Broward County PBA Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications for our 2020 college scholarship fund. This scholarship is awarded once a year to the son or daughter of a Broward County PBA member. Before you complete the online application, please read the following rules and eligibility requirements. You will need to provide documents to accompany the online application.

To be eligible, all participants must:

1. Be the son or daughter of a Broward County PBA member who has been a member for a minimum of two years and is currently in good standing.
2. Be, or plan to be, a part-time or full-time student at an accredited two- or four-year college or university.
3. Meet the following grade and test criteria:

  • An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • An SAT score of 1,050 or higher
  • An ACT composite score of 20 or higher
4. Include an essay of no more than 500 words that answers the following question:

Community-based policing, or community-oriented policing, is both a philosophy and an organizational strategy that allows the police and the community to work together to solve problems of crime, disorder and safety issues and to improve the quality of life for everyone in that community. Some people believe this is a great way to bring law enforcement and the community together to solve the problem of criminal activities, while others claim this takes away the autonomy of certain communities and leads to an increase in bureaucratic and governmental power over community affairs. What are your thoughts on the advantages and disadvantages of community policing?


Those applicants that cannot access the online application or wish to fill out a paper version of the application instead can call the PBA office to have a PDF version of the application packet emailed or faxed to them. The completed application and essay should be mailed to the address below or faxed to (954) 358-3962.

Broward County PBA
Scholarship Committee
2650 West State Road 84
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Applicants should realize that many scholarships are based on financial need as well as merit. The information furnished will be kept strictly confidential. The application deadline is June 15, 2020, at 4:00 p.m.

2019 Scholarship Winners

Deputy Gennero Volpe accepts the first place scholarship award on behalf of his daughter, Caroline, who is already away at school.

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association presented awards to the winners of its annual college scholarship essay contest at its quarterly Board of Directors’ meeting held on July 10, 2019.

The organization awarded top scholarships for the 2019-2020 academic year to five students of the organization’s law enforcement members. The essay topic for the applicants was, “When it comes to active shootings in our schools, the elected officials still seem to have more questions than answers. If you were the superintendent of a school system, would you treat threats against a school as a criminal justice issue or a mental health issue, and what safety procedures and/or policies would you implement that would make our schools safer for everyone, without infringing on individual rights”

This year’s first place winner is Caroline Volpe of Boca Raton. Caroline received a $1,200 scholarship, which will be applied toward her education at Florida State University. The first place scholarship award is sponsored by Matthew Oppedisano of the Wellington, Florida-based Law Enforcement Retirement Advisory Service.

The second place winner was Nicolas Marino of Hollywood. Nicolas received a $600 scholarship, donated by Richard Applefeld, and will be applied toward his education at Florida State University.

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

The third place recipient was Courtney Donato of Fort Lauderdale. Courtney will be attending Florida Atlantic University. Elias Klein of Eau Claire, Wisc., earned the fourth place award, and will be continuing his education at Lawrence University. The fifth place winner was Jason Shimpeno of Pembroke Pines. Jason will be attending the University of South Florida.

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 institution of higher learning.