PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio, May 2, 2014 – Owens Community College’s Alumni Association is honoring the legacy of Private Stephen Machcinski and Private James Dickman of the Toledo Fire Department for their bravery, courage and service to the community by establishing a new $10,000 scholarship endowment fund in their memory.
The Private Stephen Machcinski and Private James Dickman Memorial Scholarship Fund will be awarded annually to a recipient at the Outstanding Service Awards by the Owens Alumni Association. The first-ever scholarship will be awarded in the 2015 – 2016 academic year.
“Owens Community College’s Alumni Association is proud to honor the lives and heroism of Privates Machcinski and Dickman,” said Matt A. Feasel, president, Owens Alumni Association. “The creation of this endowed scholarship fund will serve as a lifetime tribute to their service, their lives and their memory.”
Selection criteria for the new scholarship initiative will be based upon recipients being enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours at Owens per semester, holding second-year student status in fire science technology and achieving at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average.
In January 2014, Private Machcinski and Private Dickman lost their lives in the line of duty while fighting a six-unit apartment building fire. Machcinski had been with the Department since 1998 and leaves behind his parents, a brother and a sister. Private Dickman had been with the Department since 2013 and leaves behind his wife, a 3-year-old daughter, a 1-month-old son as well as his parents and two sisters.
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.