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.

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Scholarship recipients

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.”