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 Det. Keith Dressel, of the Toledo Police Department’s Vice/Narcotics Section Special Enforcement Division, and his service to the community. The scholarship is presented annually at the Outstanding Service Awards to an Owens student studying to become a police officer and who embodies the passion, conviction and perseverance demonstrated by Det. Dressel during his career. Additional selection criteria include enrollment 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.
“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 Det. Keith Dressel Memorial Scholarship to Taylor Beck as she is a very deserving recipient of this award and will certainly honor the legacy of Det. Dressel,” said Laura Moore, executive director of the Owens Alumni Association. Beck 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, she 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 more than $5,000 to assist with medical bills.
She also started a drive in her church to assemble and send care packages to members of the military deployed overseas in Kuwait.
Additionally, Beck led an initiative to decorate a “mitten tree” at her church, collecting mittens, gloves and hats for donation to the Cherry Street Mission Ministries.
Following graduation from Owens, Beck plans to pursue a 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.”
Det. Keith Dressel was fatally wounded in the line of duty in February 2007. He provided public service to the Toledo Police Department and the citizens of Toledo for 14 years. He left behind his wife, Danielle, and two children, along with a very large extended family.