Twelve teens of active-duty LVMPD police and corrections officers were each awarded the Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo Memorial Scholarship from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Foundation.
Presented by Tom Kovach, Executive Director of the LVMPD Foundation, the $5,000 scholarship is intended to offset the costs of tuition, books, and fees for the college or vocational school of each recipients’ choice. He was joined by Ron Coury, the LVMPD Foundation board member who started the scholarship with his business partner and generously contributed $300,000 to it over the years.
The scholarship program, named in memory of LVMPD officers, Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, who were tragically killed in an ambush in 2014, is now in its seventh year. This year’s recipients were chosen from a pool of 60 applicants. Scholarship funds are raised by the LVMPD Foundation through the generosity of individual and corporate donors. To date, the Foundation has granted scholarships totaling more than $370,000 to 74 students.
This year’s recipients include Angelo Bevilacqua III, Viviana Cera, Nyah Chio, Troy Connell, Alexa Darcy, Xavier Grabowski, Jaylynn McCarthy, Charles Mennig, DeShone Myles, Jr., Ceff Orfrecio, Jonathon Perez, and Manuel Walt.
The ceremony was held at the LVMPD Reality Based Training Center which is currently under construction. When complete it will be a state-of-the-art facility for lifesaving and tactical training.