Nicole Torres, a student at Community College of Aurora in Colorado, has received the Ronny J. Coleman Fire and Emergency Services Leader of the Future Scholarship of $1,000 from the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute (IPSLEI) and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
The Ronny J. Coleman Fire and Emergency Services Leader of the Future Scholarship program provides scholarships exclusively to Phi Theta Kappa members who demonstrate potential for excellence in the fire and emergency services fields while enrolled in a regionally accredited associate degree public safety program.
Torres has a passion for helping others. As a seasoned rugby player, she uses her leadership skills and her knowledge of tackling techniques to teach safe tackling skills to a group of female football players. She also became a volunteer firefighter in 2018 where she was one of three females in a cadet class of twenty-eight. This difficult training challenged her both physically and mentally and is the catalyst behind her decision to seek a degree in fire science. After completing her associate degree, Torres plans to become a firefighter and certified EMT.
The Coleman Fire and Emergency Services Leader of the Future Scholarship was established by IPSLEI and Phi Theta Kappa in honor of Ronny J. Coleman, retired State Fire Marshall for the State of California. He is widely known as a certified Fire Chief and a Master Instructor in the California Fire Service Training and Education System.
IPSLEI brings 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 that one need not be a supervisor or manager to understand leadership principles and contribute to the leadership process.