IPSLEI Partners with Phi Theta Kappa to Establish Scholarship Endowment

JACKSON, MS – The International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute (IPSLEI) is partnering with Phi Theta Kappa to establish an endowment for a scholarship to be named in honor of Dr. Richard L. Resurreccion, Professor Emeritus of the College of Health and Human Services at California State University, Long Beach, and a member of the IPSLEI Board of Directors.

Monika Byrd, Dr. Richard Ressurrecion, and Kevin Brame - photo by Dan Coffman

Monika Byrd, Dr. Richard Resurreccion, and Kevin Brame - photo by Dan Coffman

The purpose of the Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship Endowment is to provide scholarships to Phi Theta Kappa members who demonstrate potential for or involvement in public safety services while enrolled in a regionally accredited associate degree public safety program.

"We are very excited to partner with IPSLEI to create this new scholarship for community college students entering the field of public safety," said Phi Theta Kappa Executive Director Dr. Rod Risley. "Now, more than ever, it is crucial that we all work together to help students complete their credentials." 

Phi Theta Kappa Director of Leadership Development Monika Byrd and IPSLEI Executive Director Kevin Brame recently presented Dr. Resurreccion with a plaque to commemorate the establishment of a scholarship in his name during a Leadership Development Certification Seminar held at the United States National Fire Academy of the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Brame said in the beginning stages of the new program the minimum goal is to award up to two $1,000 scholarships annually. The initial application phase will take place in fall 2012, and future application periods will be held annually each spring.

The criteria for scholarship applicants are as follows:

  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa;
  • Minimum 3.50 GPA on all course work/no courses marked incomplete at the time of application;
  • Part-time, full-time and international students are eligible to apply;
  • A citizen, or having permanent or temporary residence in the country where the two-year college is located or a visa considered appropriate by the college;
  • Completed by June of each year, at least 50% of coursework in an associate degree public safety program (e.g. Criminal Justice, Fire Science, Fire Technology, Emergency Medical Services, Public Safety Administration, Emergency Management, Homeland Security) at a regionally accredited two-year college;
  • Preference given to those who have taken or are taking at least one IPSLEI program course;
  • Students with previous associate, bachelor's or master's degrees are eligible to apply;
  • Pre-major students and certificate students are ineligible to apply;
  • The director of the program in which the applicant is enrolled must complete the Institutional Certification Form by the application deadline;
  • The applicant's academic record must be free from suspension, probation or other disciplinary action;
  • The applicant's record must be either free from any criminal conduct or if the applicant is a convicted felon, he or she must have completed all conditions of  sentencing, including probation.

Dr. Resurreccion, for whom the scholarship is named, has 47 years of teaching experience at the secondary, two-year college, military and university levels. He received his Doctor of Education degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and is a member of five professional and academic honor societies.

In addition to California State University, Long Beach, Dr. Resurreccion has taught at the University of Maryland, College Park; California State University, Los Angeles; and the University of Hawaii, Manoa. He has served as an institute instructor at the University of Tennessee and the University of Michigan as well as a Human Resource Development consultant for organizations such as the Los Angeles City Fire Department, Las Vegas Fire Department, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Nevada Fire Chiefs' Association, and the National Fire Academy/TRADE. Dr. Resurreccion is a past Chair and Member of the Orange County Emergency Medical Care Committee (EMS Commission) and also worked as a volunteer preceptor training instructor for the Los Angeles County Paramedic Training Institute. He is an Honorary Chief of the Clark County, Nevada Fire Department and was named the 1990 "Ed Bent Fire Service Instructor of the Year."

For more information on the Richard L. Resurreccion Public Safety Scholarship contact Phi Theta Kappa's Scholarship Programs department at scholarship.programs@ptk.org, 601-987-5741, or visit ptk.org/become-a-member/scholarships.

The International Public Safety Leadership and Ethics Institute was developed to bring 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.  A cornerstone of the program is that effective leadership skills and influences are needed at all levels of the organization. This program utilizes the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society Leadership Development Program as a foundational component to the learning process.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,280 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates and U.S. territorial possessions. More than 2.5 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 135,000 students inducted annually.              

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