PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College student Taylor Beck of Genoa has been chosen by the Alumni Association to receive a $1,253 Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship for the upcoming 2013-14 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. The Alumni Association is pleased to award the Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship to Taylor Beck as she is a very deserving recipient of this award and will certainly honor the legacy of Detective Dressel,” 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.
Taylor is a full-time Owens student, having enrolled as a criminal justice major in the fall of 2012. She is a graduate of Genoa High School.
For several years, Beck has actively worked to be a positive influence in her community, which includes organizing a fundraiser for a sister’s friend who was stricken with stage two breast cancer. The event raised over $5,000 to assist with medical bills. She also started a drive in her church to assemble and send care packages to military men and women deployed overseas in Kuwait. Additionally, Taylor led an initiative to decorate a “mitten tree” at her church where people could hang mittens, gloves and hats on the tree like ornaments. All items were donated to Cherry Street Mission Ministries.
Following graduation from Owens, Beck plans to pursue her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and eventually her master’s degree.
“Being a police officer is honorable,” stated Beck. “My ultimate aspiration is to become one of those women in uniform with the privilege of protecting the people of my community.”
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, 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, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. 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.