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

Jackson, Mississippi – Students from Des Moines Area Community College in Iowa and the University of Hawaii Maui College have received scholarships of $1,000 each from Phi Theta Kappa and the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute (IPSLEI).

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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.

2015 IPSEI Scholar Mark Sinnwell is a criminal justice and liberal arts major at Des Moines Area Community College, Ankeny Campus in Iowa. He serves as vice president of the Student Council, secretary and treasurer of the Criminal Justice Club, and as a peer mentor for 23 students.

Sinnwell maintains a 3.87 grade point average while operating his own lawn care business and working part-time at Best Buy. Ultimately, he hopes to become a certified paramedic and pursue his lifelong ambition of working as an FBI Agent.

Fellow IPSLEI Scholar Jacqueline Kapu is an administration of justice major at the University of Hawaii Maui College, Kahului Maui Campus, who is pursuing a major in Administration of Justice with a minor in communications and journalism with a 4.0 grade point average.

Kapu volunteers with her local United Way, the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross, and she has served as Miss Maui Teen USA. Her involvement with this program led to an opportunity to visit with the producers of “The Situation Room.” After spending a day on the set at CNN, she decided to pursue a career as an investigative reporter.

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 at, 601.987.5741, or visit our 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, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. Nearly 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

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