The Broward County PBA Scholarship Committee is no longer accepting applications for our 2020 college scholarship fund. Please check back in February for instructions on how to apply for our 2021 scholarship fund. Thank you and good luck to all of those who applied. Your applications have been forwarded to our scholarship committee for review.

2020 Scholarship Winners


Ashley Davis, along with her family, accepts the first place scholarship award from Broward County PBA President Rod Skirvin.

The Broward County Police Benevolent Association has announced the winners of its annual college scholarship essay contest for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The essay topic for the applicants was, “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?”

This year’s first place winner is Ashley Davis of Coral Springs. Ashley received a $1,200 scholarship, which will be applied toward her education at Spalding 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 Brianna Burgan of Boca Raton. Brianna received a $600 scholarship, donated by Richard Applefeld, and will be applied toward her education at Lynn University.

The remaining winners each received scholarships in the amount $500 from the Broward County PBA. The third place recipient was Abigail Rillo of Davie. Abigail will be attending the University of Florida. Michael Lacey of Coral Springs earned the fourth place award, and will be continuing his education at the University of Central Florida. The fifth place winner was Alexis Cabrera of Royal Palm Beach. Alexis will be attending the 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.