Owens Community College student Jakob Sigler of Findlay has been chosen by the Alumni Association to receive a $500 Detective Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship for the upcoming 2010-11 academic year.
Established in 2007, the endowed scholarship honors the legacy of Detective Keith Dressel of the Toledo Police Department and his service to the community. The scholarship is given annually to an Owens student who wants to become a police officer and embodies the passion, conviction and perseverance demonstrated by Detective Dressel during his career.
"The Owens Community College Alumni Association is proud to honor Detective Keith Dressel and his dedication to public service by supporting the next generation of law enforcement officers," said Laura Moore, Executive Director of the Owens Alumni Association. "Both Detective Dressel and his wife, Danielle, attended Owens Community College and are part of the alumni family. Jakob Sigler is a very deserving recipient of this scholarship and the Alumni Association is pleased to recognize his passion and commitment to the law enforcement profession."
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 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Preference is given to students with aspirations of a law enforcement career.
Sigler, currently a senior at Findlay High School, has already earned more than 30 college credits while working toward his associate TMs degree in criminal justice technology at Owens. After graduation, he plans to pursue his bachelor TMs degree in criminal justice from Ohio University with the ultimate goal of becoming a Trooper with the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Sigler has envisioned a career in law enforcement since a very young age. At age 14, Sigler joined the Hancock County Sheriff TMs Explorers program, where he now serves as a Lieutenant, leading the group at community outreach events. In 2007, he earned the honor of attending the National Law Enforcement Explorer Academy at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo. Sigler recently completed a Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout service project, which entailed the coordination of a Safety Day at Findlay High School. The event included representatives from six first responder agencies.
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.