Muskegon Community College (MCC) student Mason Averill of Ravenna, MI, is one of just 22 students nationally this year to receive a $1,000 Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Dream Scholarship.
Now in its 12th year, LEEP has awarded some $162,000 in Dream Scholarships to students showing a demonstrated interest in public service/law enforcement careers. The non-profit public safety group’s scholarship program is made possible by a growing list of national supporters.
Averill, who graduated from Ravenna in 2016 with a 3.62 GPA, completed the Michigan State Trooper Student Academy and was a Walker Police Explorer. He was enrolled in the Public Safety and Security Program at Muskegon Area Career Tech Center and in the Muskegon Citizen’s Police Academy before coming to MCC.
“Mason is a smart, articulate student who cares about doing the right thing,” wrote Karen Reynolds, Criminal Justice Instructor at Muskegon Area Career Tech Center. “He strives for academic excellence, keeps himself physically fit, and represents our program at the highest level. He is often chosen to represent his class during VIP visits to our school and he has spoken in front of our Criminal Justice Advisory Board.”
“I have known that I wanted to be a law enforcement officer since I was a little kid,” Averill wrote in his scholarship application. “With the proper training and education, I can serve the people of my community and be a great asset.”
In high school, the National Honor Society member was in marching band and competed in track, soccer and football. The soccer team captain, he was an all-league, all-district, all-region and honorable mention all-state standout for the Bulldogs. Averill has also volunteered as a soccer coach and referee with the Ravenna Soccer Club and assisted with the Red Cross Blood Drive.
Averill is using his LEEP Dream Scholarship at MCC, where he is pursuing an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. After graduating, he will either attend Michigan State Trooper Academy or transfer to Ferris State University to complete his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.
Visit www.leepusa.com for more information about LEEP programs.