Phi Theta Kappa/IPSLEI Award $2,000 in Public Safety Scholarships

Jackson, Mississippi – Two Phi Theta Kappa members from Hocking College in Ohio and Garden City Community College in Kansas have each received $1,000 scholarships from Phi Theta Kappa and the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute (IPSLEI).

The Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship program provides scholarships exclusively to Phi Theta Kappa members who demonstrate potential for excellence in the public safety field while enrolled in a regionally accredited associate degree public safety program.

IPSLEI Scholar Don Finley is a police science major at Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio, who has earned a 3.96 grade point average. An avid archer, Finley is a two-time overall state champion and placed sixth in the national collegiate archery competition. Finley hopes to earn baccalaureate and master’s degrees in criminal justice and pursue a career as a wildlife officer or FBI agent.

Fellow IPSLEI scholarship recipient Gretchen Hogan has earned a 3.94 grade point average and is a criminal justice major at Garden City Community College in Kansas. A home-schooled student, Hogan entered community college at the age of 15. She serves as vice president of her college’s criminal justice association and hopes to pursue advanced degrees in forensic science. Her career goal is to become a medical investigator.

In 2012 the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute (IPSLEI) partnered with Phi Theta Kappa to establish a scholarship endowment to be named in honor of Dr. Richard L. Resurreccion, Professor Emeritus of the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Long Beach. A member of the IPSLEI Board of Directors, Resurreccion has 47 years of teaching experience in the first responder field at the secondary, two-year college, military and university levels.

For more information on the Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship, visit the website.

The International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute was developed to bring the concepts of leadership and ethics to the forefront of an individual's career, rather than waiting until a person is promoted into a supervisory position. This program is based on the belief one need not be a supervisor or manager to understand leadership principles and contribute to the leadership process. A cornerstone of the program is that effective leadership skills and influences are needed at all levels of the organization. This program utilizes the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Leadership Development Program as a foundational component to the learning process.

Phi Theta Kappa is the premier honor society recognizing the academic achievement of community college students and helping them to grow as scholars and leaders. The Society is made up of more than 3 million members and nearly 1,300 chapters in nine nations.


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