Muskegon Community College student Mason Deible of Grant, MI, has been awarded a prestigious national Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP) Dream Scholarship for the second time in as many years.
Deible, who is pursuing an associate’s degree in criminal justice at MCC, plans to become a police officer. He is one of just 27 students nationally who will receive the $2,000 scholarship – double the amount that was awarded last year. Now in their 13th year, the scholarships are presented by the professional public safety officers of LEEP to encourage law enforcement/public safety careers. They are made possible by a growing list of national supporters.
“Currently, I am going to college year round so that I can get my Criminal Justice degree faster and then work on getting into the Michigan State Police Academy,” wrote Deible, who helps pay for college by officiating youth and high school soccer matches.
Al Barreto, who directs the MCC Criminal Justice program, describes Deible as “a very hard working, reliable person who assists his peers with problems, follows through with his law enforcement program with a good grade average, and honors the codes of the law enforcement program to an admirable degree.”
A Walker Police Explorer, Deible has completed the Michigan State Trooper Student Academy, Metro Law Enforcement Explorer Post, Criminal Justice Program at Muskegon Area Career Tech Center (MACTC), and Muskegon Citizen’s Police Academy. He has volunteered with many agencies through Explorers and with Ravenna Soccer Club.
“As an Explorer, Mason has toured numerous law enforcement agencies to observe different aspects of police work such as Aerial Operations, Public Safety Responsibilities, Cold Water Training, OWI Investigation, Mock Trials, Crime Scene Investigation, and so much more,” according to a Metro Law Enforcement Explorers letter. “Mason has proven himself to be forthright, hardworking, and not afraid to stand up for his convictions.”
The Ravenna (MI) High School graduate received a U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award and All-Academic Soccer, Football and Track honors for four years. He captained the Bulldog soccer squad and was named Most Valuable Player, All-District, All-Region, All-Conference and honorable mention All-State. The Most Improved Player for the Ravenna High track and field team, Deible was a National Honor Society member.
Other scholarship winners include: Caitlin Cardenas of Arizona; Nautika Harris of Arkansas; Jennifer Hong and Jose Ruiz of California; Yeraldi Morales and Graciela Popoca of Illinois; Tyler Madden of Kentucky; Brennan Blackstone of Maine; Christian Campbell, Bradley Duck Jr., Caleb Fort, Meleigha Herington, Austin Lynema, Erik Rittenger and Marybeth Gormley of Michigan; Laura Rognerud of Montana; Michaela Lawrence of Nebraska; Joseph Hill of Nevada; Cali Martinez, Kyle McCarthy and Brook Pi of New York; Jazmin Tucker of Ohio; Amanda Condon of Texas; Evan Guin of Tennessee; Alexander Braatz of Washington; and Michaela McDonald of Wisconsin.
For more information about LEEP programs, visit www.leepusa.com.