New York State Sheriff's Association honors local student

By Jillian Marshall

March 11, 2013 Updated Mar 11, 2013 at 11:32 PM EDT

Town of Dickinson, NY (WBNG Binghamton) New York State Sheriff's Association gave a scholarship to a Broome Community College student.

Monday afternoon, New York State Sheriff's Association honored Vincent Mbera with a $250 scholarship toward tuition at BCC.

Mbera is studying criminal justice and aspires to pursue a career in homeland security.

Broome County Sheriff David Harder and BCC Executive Vice President Francis Battisti presented the scholarship to Mbera in front of his family and professors.

Mbera is originally from Africa, but has lived in the U.S. for more than 10 years.

While in Broome County, he has been a part of the Binghamton Auxiliary Police force and the Coast Guard.

BCC professors and staff picked Mbera to win the award.

Associate Professor and Chairman of the Department of Criminal Justice/Fire Protection/Homeland Security, Wesley Warren said Mbera is his No. 1 student.

According to Warren, Mbera logged more than 100 hours in service learning, when a student volunteers time outside of the classroom to local law enforcement.

After graduating BCC, Mbera hopes to continue participating in the Coast Guard and work in homeland security.

The scholarship is funded by the New York State Sheriff's Association.