Commissioner Tim Lonergan, Leah Mancini (mother), Nicholas Mancini, Shelley Eichner and Commissioner Bob Mayersohn of Parkland.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

A Parkland resident resident with a passion for volunteering was one of four students awarded a scholarship from the Broward League of Cities

Nicholas Mancini, a senior at North Broward Preparatory School High School in Coconut Creek, holds a GPA of 5.12 and has completed a whopping 569 community service hours from the elementary school debate program he founded.

Each Tuesday, Mancini goes to the lower school at NBPS and teaches fifth grade students the basics of debate and current events.

“Over the years, I have also earned hours here and there by helping out in my community and at my school,” he said.

The Parkland Isles resident will be attending Dartmouth this fall and plans on studying government and environmental sustainability.  After law school, he hopes to work with the United Nations.

In its ninth year, the Broward League of Cities’ Scholarship for Government program has donated more than $32,000 in scholarships for Broward County students dedicated to public service, as demonstrated by involvement in work, internships, and volunteerism in governmental, community, and legislative environments. The four students were selected from multiple applicants from various cities in Broward County.

“Representing elected officials from Broward County’s 31 cities and municipalities, the Broward League of Cities is committed to engaging one Broward and that most certainly includes our youth,” said Tim Lonergan, President of Broward League of Cities. 

The other three recipients to the Broward League of Cities’ Scholarship for Government program are:

Eszter Erdei – Plantation resident, Cooper City High School. With a GPA of 3.8 and over 348 community service hours, Eszter aspires to pursue a career in law enforcement and has always had a passion for community service.

Chanice Lee – Lauderhill resident, Homeschooled, Broward College. Chanice has completed over 200 community service hours and holds a GPA of 4.16. She plans to pursue criminal law and extend her services to low income communities with no access to legal help.

Taryn Bradley – Hollywood resident, McArthur High School. Taryn holds a GPA of 3.6 with over 573 community service hours. Her passion for helping the community at home and around the world inspires her to pursue a career in public service.

The Broward League of Cities awarded the students $1,000 at a dinner held on April 19.  All four students plan to pursue a career in public service, public policy, government, and/or community affairs.

Lonergan said, “Their commitment to our community at such a young age is impressive and we look forward to seeing them accomplish much more as they continue to achieve the goals they have set for themselves.”