PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, April 29, 2014 – Owens Community College student Scott Histed of Maumee has been chosen by the Alumni Association to receive a $2,000 Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship for the upcoming 2014-15 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 Dressel and his dedication to public service, as well as support the next generation of law enforcement officers.
“Every year, the Alumni Association has the privilege of awarding the Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship to a very deserving recipient,” stated Moore. “This year we are pleased to honor Scott Histed with the award. He will certainly honor the legacy of Detective Dressel.”
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.
Histed is a full-time Owens student, having enrolled as a criminal justice major in the fall of 2011 after graduating early from Maumee High School. Histed has maintained a 3.0 grade point average in addition to working. He is also an active member of his church.
Following graduation from Owens, Histed plans to enroll in the Owens Police Academy. After completing the Academy, he hopes to work at a local police department as a road patrol officer before getting a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
“I’ve wanted to become a police officer ever since I was a little kid,” stated Histed. “I want to become the best police officer I can be and have strong community relations within the community in which I work and live.”
During his senior year in high school, he participated in a ride-along program with the Maumee Police Department, recording and documenting more than 70 hours spent with dispatchers, detectives and road patrol officers.
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.