Jackson, MS – Two Phi Theta Kappa members have each received $1,000 scholarships from the International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute (IPSLEI).
The 2017 Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholars are:
- Alan Badel, Palomar College, California
- Brazos McPeek, Hill College, Texas
The Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship program provides scholarships exclusively to Phi Theta Kappa members who demonstrate potential for excellence in the public safety field while enrolled in a regionally accredited associate degree public safety program.
Badel served 20 years as a Navy Hospital Corpsman with U.S. Army and Marine units and was involved in multiple humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations along the Pacific Rim. He hopes to earn a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Azusa Pacific University, pursue a master’s degree in emergency management at National University, and someday work in federal emergency management with the Department of Homeland Security.
McPeek became interested in law enforcement in 2013, when the West Fertilizer Plant explosion rocked his community and he witnessed first-hand the leadership of local first responders. He plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in natural resources management conservation law at Texas Tech and hopes to become a game warden for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
The Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship was established by IPSLEI and Phi Theta Kappa in 2012 and named for Dr. Richard L. Resurreccion, Professor Emeritus of the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Resurreccion is a member of the ISPSLEI Board of Directors and has 47 years of teaching experience in the first responder field at the secondary, two-year college, military and university levels. Learn more about the scholarship.
IPSLEI brings the concepts of leadership and ethics to the forefront of an individual’s career, rather than waiting until a person is promoted into a supervisory position. This program is based on the belief one need not be a supervisor or manager to understand leadership principles and contribute to the leadership process.