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Crime Fund Scholarships Awarded

Post Date:May 23, 2019 8:00 AM

Lisa Toomey, Becca Kniss, Bennett Breyer, Chad Streiff at scholarship programLast week the Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund awarded its annual scholarships to Eden Prairie High School seniors Becca Kniss and Bennett Breyer. The scholarship, in its second year, is intended for students who have an academic emphasis or interest in coursework in the area of criminal justice, law enforcement and/or community crime prevention. The Crime Prevention Fund created the scholarship program in honor of their 40th anniversary in 2018.

Becca and Bennett are both members of the Edina/Eden Prairie Police Explorer Post.

Here is an excerpt from the award presentation:

Becca is a lieutenant in the Explorers program. Hockey is a huge part of Becca’s life and she served as the captain of the varsity girl’s hockey team.  Volunteering is also very important to Becca. For the past 7 years she has volunteered at the Downs Syndrome Camp and last summer was a volunteer counselor at Hand in Hand Autism Camp. Becca’s interest in law enforcement comes naturally as her grandfather is a retired officer and her father is an active police officer. In the fall, she will attend Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire where she will play hockey and study Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology. Becca would like to one day return to Minnesota and become a police officer.

Bennett is a Captain in the Explorer program. He has been active on the swim team and trap shooting team and is in the final stages of earning an Eagle Scout rank.  Bennett has more than 200 hours of volunteer time with the Explorers and also volunteers through his Boy Scout Troop and at the PROP Shop. Bennett was accepted through the early admission program at the University of St. Thomas. He plans to pursue a degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. After college, he would like to become a police officer.

Congratulations Becca and Bennett!

Pictured (L to R): Eden Prairie Crime Prevention Fund President Lisa Toomey, Becca Kniss, Bennett Breyer, Explorer Advisor Officer Chad Streiff 


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