In keeping with its mission to help people who strengthen the community, Quest for the Best® announced on Oct. 9 it will commit $50,000 to create a scholarship fund for students enrolled in the Municipal Police Academy at Montgomery County Community College (MCCC).
The scholarship fund will provide four scholarships annually of $2,500 each to cadets who demonstrate exceptional leadership and excellence in all areas of their police training.
"Having served as a Chief Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia and as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, I observed, firsthand, the importance of sound police training. On behalf of Quest for the Best®, we are honored to participate in a program that provides the best possible training for police recruits to ensure future safety in our communities," said Taras M. Wochock, president of Quest for the Best®.
Since 1973, the Municipal Police Academy at MCCC has been the training ground for approximately 3,500 cadets with a consistent graduation rate of more than 90 percent. The 800-hour curriculum allows students to earn up to 15 credit hours toward an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice Studies.
"Law enforcement today is a challenging profession, but it is also very rewarding. It takes special people who strive to make a difference in their communities to work in this field," said Police Academy Director Jude McKenna. "We are grateful that Quest for the Best® recognizes the diligent work and commitment of our cadets by creating this generous scholarship fund."
The first recipients of the new scholarships are cadets Layla Cruz of Macungie and Connor Kreston of Ambler.
"My family has strongly supported my journey, and this scholarship will help to ease the financial burden on my family and myself," said Cruz, who holds bachelor degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology with a minor in Business Administration from Chestnut Hill College. "The scholarship will give me the opportunity to hit the ground running toward success."
Likewise, the scholarship enables Kreston to pursue his passion for law enforcement after earning bachelor degrees in Marketing and Business Administration and Management from Ithaca College.
"Deciding to attend the police academy was one of the best decisions I’ve made. However, the decision to return to school was not an easy choice, as I am paying for the tuition myself. With this scholarship, it makes it significantly easier for me to pay the tuition," he said.
The Municipal Police Academy is certified by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania through the Municipal Police Officers’ Education and Training Commission. The program is held at MCCC’s Health Sciences Center at the Central Campus in Blue Bell.