High School Students Awarded Scholarships from Broward League of Cities

On April 20, 2023, the Broward League of Cities (BLOC) awarded four $1,000 scholarships to Broward County high school seniors who will pursue college studies with an emphasis on municipal government. For the past 11 years, the scholarship program has provided financial assistance to future municipal leaders in Broward County.

“This year’s scholarship recipients have shown their eagerness to embrace a higher level of civic education and be a part of their community’s success,” said Bob Mayersohn, President of the Broward League of Cities. “The League is honored to support these future changemakers as they begin their college careers.”

The following students were awarded scholarships: 

Taylor Aks – Currently attending Florida Atlantic University High School with a GPA of 4.00, Taylor is a Parkland resident. She has completed over 816 community service hours and plans to pursue a business management degree and attend law school to help represent communities.

Jorge Altuna – Currently attending Cypress Bay High School with a GPA of 4.1, Jorge is a Weston resident. He has completed over 385 community service hours and plans to major in political science and public policy with the goal of encouraging positive change in his community.

Sophia Safrin – A resident of Cooper City, Sophia currently attends Cooper City High School with a GPA of 3.93. She has completed over 377 community service hours and plans to major in international affairs and pursue a career as a foreign service officer.

Gianna Villella – A resident of Hollywood, Gianna currently attends Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School with a GPA of 4.59. She has completed over 343 community service hours and plans to pursue a career in engineering.

To date, the Broward League of Cities Scholarship Program has awarded approximately $54,000 to exemplary students residing in cities across Broward who have showcased strong leadership, communication, and judgment skills throughout their high school careers.

To learn more about the Broward League of Cities visit browardleague.org.


Chartered in 1957, the Broward League of Cities is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and resolving issues facing Broward County’s 31 cities and municipalities. A member of the Florida League of Cities, which serves to unify local governments throughout the state of Florida, the organization’s membership is made up of elected officials from municipal governments and area businesses. The organization is committed to increasing awareness and providing resolution to issues that affect day-to-day operations of local government, including legislation at the county, state and federal levels.