The Broward County PBA Scholarship Committee is no longer accepting applications for our 2022 college scholarship fund. Please check back in February for instructions on how to apply for our 2023 scholarship fund. Thank you and good luck to all of those who applied. Your applications have been forwarded to our scholarship committee for review.

2021 Scholarship Winners

Olivia Callari poses with her scholarship certificate on campus at Florida State University.

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association has announced the winners of its annual college scholarship essay contest for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The essay topic for the applicants was, “Unlike the 30-year law enforcement veteran who is retiring, his or her replacement has lived their lives on social media. They have shared their experiences and opinions with a vast majority of people each and every day. However, in today’s climate, a law enforcement officer’s social media postings are being watched more than ever, and not just by the community, but by the agency as well. With that, what are your thoughts on the law enforcement community’s rather untenable position of trying to balance an officer’s right to free speech versus a department’s right to regulate conduct?”

This year’s first place winner is Olivia Callari of Hollywood. Olivia received a $2,500 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 Kiera Cerino of Pembroke Pines. Brianna received a $1,500 scholarship, donated by Richard Applefeld, and will be applied toward her education at the University of Central Florida.

The third place recipients were Haley Howard of Fort Lauderdale and Victoria Raimondi of Sunrise, and each received scholarships in the amount $1,000 from the Broward County PBA. Howard will be attending the Florida Atlantic University and Raimondi will be attending the University of Florida. Garrett Clark of Margate earned the fifth place award and received $500 from the Broward County PBA. He will be continuing his education at 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 institution of higher learning.