Lee County Sheriff’s Office donates $30K to support the Tommy Bohanon Foundation scholarship fund

Lee County Sheriff’s Office donates $30K to support the Tommy Bohanon Foundation scholarship fund

Thanks to the continued support of Sheriff Carmine Marceno and the Lee County Sheriff’s Office, the Tommy Bohanon Foundation can continue to fulfill its mission of supporting young athletes on and off the playing field.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office donates K to support the Tommy Bohanon Foundation scholarship fund

Every year, the foundation sets its sights on something even bigger than the year before, and as a result, the Tommy Bohanon Foundation will award $10,000 scholarships to three high school seniors in Southwest Florida this year. The scholarships will allow these students to pursue continued education without financial restraint.

Lee County Sheriff’s Office donates K to support the Tommy Bohanon Foundation scholarship fund

“These scholarships open up the future for the youth in our community,” said former NFL player Tommy Bohanon, founder of the Tommy Bohanon Foundation.

“Our goal is, and always has been, to motivate students to pursue education beyond high school. Financial stress can deter students from even having college or trade school on their radar. Every kid deserves to go after their dreams without any hesitation and our hope is that these scholarships will do just that.”

Lee County Sheriff’s Office donates K to support the Tommy Bohanon Foundation scholarship fund

Since 2018, Sheriff Marceno and the LCSO have been instrumental partners of the Tommy Bohanon Foundation. Last year, the LCSO’s contributions made it possible for the foundation to offer two $10,000 scholarships. This year’s donation of $30,000 paved the way for the Tommy Bohanon Foundation to support the continued education of three Southwest Florida students.

“This contribution allows us to change the lives of the youth in our community,” said Sheriff Marceno.

“Every student deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education and to fulfill their dreams. We are proud to support the Tommy Bohanon Foundation and their mission to make a positive impact in our community.”

Lee County Sheriff’s Office donates K to support the Tommy Bohanon Foundation scholarship fund

The Tommy Bohanon Foundation has partnered with the Collaboratory to assist with the scholarship application and selection process. Students are able to complete a single application through the Collaboratory that will match them with the scholarship funds that they are eligible for.

The Tommy Bohanon Foundation Scholarship Fund requires that students have an athletic interest and plans to pursue higher education. Eligible students will participate in an interview process before the final selection is completed by the foundation.

To learn more about the Tommy Bohanon Foundation, visit TommyBohanonFoundation.org or contact Katie Bohanon at 239-671-0441 or katie@tommybohanonfoundation.org.

2021 “Do The Right Thing” Scholarship Winners Awarded

2021 “Do The Right Thing” Scholarship Winners Awarded

2021 "Do The Right Thing" Scholarship Winners Awarded

Six Cape Coral students received the 2021 “Do The Right Thing” Scholarship in recognition of their achievements. Along with their scholarship checks, each student also received a care package with essentials and goodies for campus life.

Chief Tony Sizemore, Deputy Chief Darren McKenna, CCFD Division Chief Mike Bush, and members of the CCPD Community Services Bureau presented the awards.

We thank the Cape Coral Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 33, the Cape Coral Professional Firefighters Local 2424, and Cape Coral For The Children Inc. for their generosity toward these scholarships.

Please join us in congratulating all of these achievers and wishing them well as they start on their roads of higher education.

2021 "Do The Right Thing" Scholarship Winners Awarded

$1,500 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Shane Spotz – Cape Coral High School
Victoria Mercado-Lues – Cape Coral High School
Bethany Warren – Cape Coral High School
Julia Lin – Cape Coral High School

$1,000 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

Nicole Chang – Cape Coral High School
Antonio Talavera – Mariner High School

Please see below for photos of our winners and details on their future plans.

Shane Spotz is a Cape Coral High School Graduate and plans to attend the University of Florida where he will be majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Law.
Shane Spotz is a Cape Coral High School Graduate and plans to attend the University of Florida where he will be majoring in Aerospace Engineering and Law.
Victoria Mercado-Lues is a Cape Coral High School Graduate and plans to attend the University of South Florida where she will be majoring in Studio Arts.
Victoria Mercado-Lues is a Cape Coral High School Graduate and plans to attend the University of South Florida where she will be majoring in Studio Arts.
Bethany Warren is a Cape Coral High School Graduate and plans to attend the University of South Florida where she will be majoring in Psychology.
Bethany Warren is a Cape Coral High School Graduate and plans to attend the University of South Florida where she will be majoring in Psychology.
Nicole Chang is a Cape Coral High School Graduate and plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she will be majoring in Clinical Laboratory Science (Pre-Pharmacy).
Nicole Chang is a Cape Coral High School Graduate and plans to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she will be majoring in Clinical Laboratory Science (Pre-Pharmacy).
Antonio Talavera is a Mariner High School Graduate and plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University where he will be majoring in Computer Software Engineering.
Antonio Talavera is a Mariner High School Graduate and plans to attend Florida Gulf Coast University where he will be majoring in Computer Software Engineering.

Julia Lin (not pictured) is a Cape Coral High School Graduate and plans to attend the University of Florida where she will be majoring in Business Administration and Environmental Science.

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Oasis Middle School Student Receives “Do The Right Thing” Lifesaving Award

Oasis Middle School Student Receives “Do The Right Thing” Lifesaving Award

Oasis Middle School Student Receives "Do The Right Thing" Lifesaving Award

The Cape Coral Police Department honored an Oasis Middle School student with the “Do The Right Thing” Lifesaving award. This is additionally the second time Christopher has received this award. Please join us in recognizing and congratulating him!

Christopher Leon, 8th Grade – Oasis Middle School

Christopher was a passenger in his mother’s car when she told him she was having trouble breathing. Something had caused her to go into anaphylactic shock.

She pulled over as her breathing difficulty increased, and Christopher tended to her until he recognized she was no longer breathing. Christopher quickly began CPR while waiting for emergency personnel to arrive. Christopher’s quick response and calmness under pressure likely saved his mother’s life.

Thank you to Christopher for being a shining example of what it means to “do the right thing.”

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Caloosa Middle School Student Receives “Do The Right Thing” Award

Caloosa Middle School Student Receives “Do The Right Thing” Award

Caloosa Middle School Student Receives "Do The Right Thing" Award

The Cape Coral Police Department honored a Caloosa Middle School student with the “Do The Right Thing” award.

Please join us in recognizing and congratulating her!

Lilly Early,  7th Grade – Caloosa Middle School

Lilly shared information with school administrators that helped them intervene with another student. School administration was quickly able to take care of the situation by informing the parents and providing the student with support.

Thank you to Lilly for being a shining example of what it means to “do the right thing.”

Caloosa Middle School Student Receives "Do The Right Thing" Award
L to R: Captain Lanza, SRO Wilcox, Lilly Early, Principal Dr. Ann Cole, Lieutenant Kulko
More Exceptional Youth Receive “Do The Right Thing” Awards

More Exceptional Youth Receive “Do The Right Thing” Awards

More Exceptional Youth Receive "Do The Right Thing" Awards

The Cape Coral Police Department today honored students at both Cape Coral High School and Gulf Middle School with “Do The Right Thing” awards.

Please join us in recognizing and congratulating them!

Noah Kemerer, 10th Grade – Cape Coral High School

More Exceptional Youth Receive "Do The Right Thing" Awards

Noah witnessed a motorcycle crash and he, his brother and a friend stopped immediately to assist. They found the driver lying on his side pinned underneath the motorcycle.

The boys were able to get the motorcycle off the driver, and Noah suggested they stabilize the man’s neck since he was unable to move. Noah took control of the situation and 911 was called.

Noah’s quick actions got the driver the help that he needed.

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Kevin McBride 7th Grade – Gulf Middle School
Zachary Grove 7th Grade – Gulf Middle School
Levi McDonough 6th Grade – Gulf Middle School
Isaac Valez 8th Grade – Gulf Middle School

Kevin, Zachary, Levi and Isaac found a wallet in the parking lot of Dollar General and told the cashier.

They indicated they saw an ID, personal information and pictures but did not remove anything from the wallet.

The boys wanted to turn the wallet in with the hope that the rightful owner could be found.

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Dominic Shannon 11th Grade – Mariner High School (Not Pictured)

Dominic found money in the cafeteria and turned it in to a school official. The money was returned to the rightful owner who was very appreciative of Dominic’s honesty.

Thank you to all of these fine students for being a shining example of what it means to “do the right thing.”

More Exceptional Youth Receive "Do The Right Thing" Awards
Two Caloosa Elementary Students Receive “Do The Right Thing” Award

Two Caloosa Elementary Students Receive “Do The Right Thing” Award

Two Caloosa Elementary Students Receive "Do The Right Thing" Award

The Cape Coral Police Department last week honored two Caloosa Elementary School students with the “Do The Right Thing” award.

Please join us in recognizing and congratulating these fine young students.

Mason Long                    3th Grade – Caloosa Elementary School

Two Caloosa Elementary Students Receive "Do The Right Thing" Award

Mason was able to assist his sister by making critical life-saving decisions while riding home on the bus. He heard his sister’s urgent medical alert and sprang into action. He immediately got in contact with his mother, gave his sister a snack and kept a watchful eye on her the rest of the ride home.

Romeo Nunez               5th Grade – Caloosa Elementary School

Romeo overheard a conversation that included details involving a person making statements they would bring a weapon to school and commit violence against the campus population. Romeo reported this to a trusted adult who advised the SRO, who in turn immediately began an investigation. The investigation revealed the person making the threats attended a school on Florida’s east coast, and the school SRO there was notified of the possibility of a weapon on their campus. Romeo’s action enhanced the CCPD SRO Unit’s ability to maintain the safety and security of Caloosa Elementary School and highlighted the valuable partnership between the school community and the Cape Coral Police Department.

Thank you to Mason and Romeo for being shining examples of what it means to “do the right thing.”

DTRT winners Mason Long and Romeo Nunez, pictured with SRO Zalenski, Lt. Kulko, Deputy Chief McKenna and Capt. Catania
DTRT winners Mason Long and Romeo Nunez, pictured with SRO Zalenski, Lt. Kulko, Deputy Chief McKenna and Capt. Catania

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