Higher Education Scholarships

The Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation provides annual scholarships to qualified children of eligible police officers, firefighters and sworn civilian employees of both departments. The Foundation also provides additional higher education scholarships and funding for graduate-level programs through a generous donation made by William I. Koch. Mr. Koch also donates four scholarships each year to Oxbridge Academy, the secondary private preparatory school he founded in 2011.

Individuals and organizations can also sponsor scholarships for the children of the Town’s Public safety employees in their name. For more information, please contact Mariella Vazquez at 561.820.8118 or Email Us


The Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation has been a tremendous asset in covering the cost of attaining my secondary education at Florida Atlantic University. The scholarship not only reduces the financial stress on my family but, also shows that the citizens of Palm Beach genuinely care for the first responders and their families. The standards the scholarship fund has is extra encouragement for me to strive to do my best in my academia. I hope that not only the foundation but residents and donors know how much they are appreciated and the impact they have.

Christopher (Bruno) Barber, Florida Atlantic University
We are grateful to the Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation for Emily's scholarship! Thank you very much for the financial support that allows her the freedom to concentrate on her studies.
John Maio, Palm Beach Police Department
Emily & Vincent Maio
I want to thank the Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation for the continuous support as I get ready to join the Master In Accounting Program. The support I have received from the scholarship has allowed me to maintain honor role GPA and the ability to strive at this great school!
Matthew Nguyen, University of Florida
The Burfield family is extremely grateful for the support of the Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation. Receiving funds from the Foundation has allowed us to send our boys to college without incurring additional debt. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Kurt Burfield, Palm Beach Police Department
The Keehan family would like to thank the Police & Fire Foundation for everything you have done for our family over the years. The scholarships you provided for our children have helped us out tremendously!
Mick Keehan, Palm Beach Police Department

We sincerely appreciate the generosity of The Palm Beach Police and Fire Foundation. Your kindness has been extremely helpful in assisting with Dante's college education. Words cannot express how thankful and grateful we are to be recipients of this scholarship. Every cent is being utilized in Dante's growth as a college student. We are humbled to be awarded these opportunities by such a wonderful organization. Your graciousness is life changing.

Again, thank you so much for all of your help. We greatly appreciate the assistance you have provided us.

Gino Silvestri, Palm Beach Police Department

La'Mont Lee Sr. and La'Mont Lee JrResize.

I would like to thank the Palm Beach Police and Fire Foundation for the scholarship award, support and opportunities that the foundation has provided for La'Mont Lee Jr.

La’Mont Lee, Palm Beach Police Department

My family and I would like to wholeheartedly thank the Palm Beach Police and Fire Foundation for graciously awarding our children with scholarships to help accomplish their dream of achieving a higher education.

Danny Dunnam, Palm Beach Fire Rescue


On behalf of the Baker family, we want to say thank you for supporting our son, Tyler, and his educational pursuits.
We are so grateful for the unprecedented support of Public Safety from the members of the Palm Beach Police & Fire Foundation! We truly feel like we are part of a special family!

Sean Baker, Palm Beach Fire Rescue