Police union funds scholarships for offspring
Published 7:32 am, Tuesday, June 16, 2015
The envelopes handed out last Thursday night by police weren’t tickets, they were scholarships. Thirteen of them, each for $1,000.
“We started this last year,” Lt. Keith Broderick, head of the police union said, regarding the Fairfield Police Union Scholarship Fund. Begun with an initial contribution of $10,000, the fund has grown to almost $89,000 through a combination of fundraisers and donations. In addition, each officer has $2 deducted from their paycheck weekly that goes directly to the foundation.
Local residents Dennis Poster and his wife, Dr. Joan Poster, were the first citizens to donate to the fund and have been avid supporters. They both serve on the fund’s board, along with Broderick, Chief Gary MacNamara and Probate Judge Dan Caruso.
Recipients of the scholarship funds are all children of Fairfield police personnel. Last year, four $500 scholarships were handed out. This year, nine new recipients, along with the four students from last year, each received a $1,000 check.
Broderick said the money can be used toward any college expenses and the plan is to give the recipients a check for all two or four years of their college education. He said they are also looking at whether to expand the criteria to include those attending cosmetology or mechanics school, for instance. “Not everybody has to go to college,” Broderick said.
The following is a list of the scholarship recipients and the college they are attending:
Nicholas Bloch, Housatonic Community College
Theresa Bravo, Fairfield University
Alexandra DeAngelis, University of Connecticut
Brook Hine, University of Rhode Island
Mathieu McPadden, Naugatuck Community College
Jennifer Moran, Central Connecticut State University
Amanda Perham, Marist College
Ryan Tyler, Eastern Connecticut State University
Gina Ricco, Housatonic Community College
Tyler Caruso, Southern Connecticut State University
Christopher Bodnar, Penn State
Christopher Rubis, University of Rhode Island
Erin Broderick, Keene State
The police union also will continue to fund two $500 scholarships for a graduate of Fairfield Warde and Fairfield Ludlowe high schools annually.
“This $1,000 is just a drop in the bucket,” MacNamara said. “It really starts with the hard work of all of you, and all the officers who together are pitching in.”