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

Jackson, MS – Two criminal justice majors from York County Community College in Maine and Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical Campus have each received $1,000 scholarships from Phi Theta Kappa and the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute (IPSLEI).

Frederick Kerrigan

Rebecca Taylor

The Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship Endowment 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 Frederick Kerrigan, who has a 3rd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, volunteers at a martial arts studio in his community teaching children and adults self-defense skills. Kerrigan, who has earned a 4.0 grade point average at York Community College, hopes to attend law school, open his own law practice and someday become a judge.

Fellow IPSLEI scholarship recipient Rebecca Taylor has earned a 3.77 grade point average at Minnesota State College and hopes to earn advanced degrees in drug and alcohol counseling. A Native American, Taylor volunteers with at-risk youth and with the Department of Corrections as a cultural liaison and drug and alcohol counselor to prison inmates. She also leads a Native American youth drum and dance group in addition to serving as president of the Student Senate, Co-President of her Phi Theta Kappa chapter, and Vice Chairman of the American Indian Parents Advisory Committee.

In 2012 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, Dr. 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, contact Phi Theta Kappa’s Scholarship Operations Department by email, at 601.987.5741, or visit the scholarships website. For more information on how your can contribute to the scholarship endowment, visit the Foundation website.

IPSLEI 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 Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, plus Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

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