PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, OH – Owens Community College student Gina Meyers of Leipsic has been chosen by the Alumni Association to receive an $800 Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship for the upcoming 2011-12 academic year.
Established in 2007, the endowed scholarship honors the legacy of Detective Keith Dressel of the Toledo Police Department’s Vice/Narcotics Section Special Enforcement Division and his service to the community. The scholarship is given annually to an Owens student at the Outstanding Service Awards who has the courage to become a police officer and embodies the passion, conviction and perseverance demonstrated by Detective Dressel during his career.
According to Laura Moore, Executive Director of the Owens Alumni Association, the Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship was established to honor Detective Keith Dressel and his dedication to public service, as well as support the next generation of law enforcement officers.
“Both Detective Dressel and his wife, Danielle, are part of the College’s alumni family as they both attended Owens. Gina Meyers has the passion and conviction demonstrated by Detective Dressel during his career and a very deserving recipient of this scholarship,” stated Moore.
Additional selection criteria for the scholarship is based upon recipients being enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours at Owens per semester, holding second-year student status and achieving at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average. Preference is given to students with aspirations of a law enforcement career.
Meyers is completing her first-year as an Owens student and is enrolled full-time as a criminal justice technology major. The Leipsic High School graduate’s interest in law enforcement as a career was initially sparked in part by positive portrayals of law enforcement officials in the media. Additionally, she served as President of her local 4-H group and worked extensively with younger adults as a mentor and as an elementary school teacher’s aide. After graduation, Meyers plans to attend the Ohio Basic Peace Officer Training Academy at Owens.
“Getting involved in law enforcement will allow me to help my fellow citizens and college is where the journey begins,” explained Meyers. “As a future member of the law enforcement community, I want to make a positive impact in the lives of troubled youth. This scholarship will help me fully concentrate on my school work.”
In February 2007, Detective Dressel was fatally wounded in the line of duty. He provided public service to the Toledo Police Department and the citizens of Toledo for 14 years. Detective Dressel left behind his wife, Danielle, and two children, Sydney and Noah, along with a very large extended family.
Since opening its doors in 1965, Owens has provided higher education to more than 250,000 students. Owens’ Alumni Association is committed to the personal and professional success of alumni and students through the ongoing development of value-added initiatives.
Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor’s degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.