2018 LEEP Dream Scholars
LEEP awards scholarships to 8 students nationwide
-By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor
Eight students from a pool of nationwide applicants were awarded 2018 LEEP Dream Scholarships. These top students, including two repeat winners, were awarded $2,000 college scholarships to encourage their pursuit of law enforcement/public safety careers by the professional public safety officers of the Law Enforcement Education Program (LEEP). Four Michigan residents and students from four other states were honored:
Sydney Bleich, of Fruitport, MI, graduated Fruitport High School with a 3.4 GPA. Her father, Rick Bleich, is a retired Muskegon Police veteran and retired Police Officers Labor Council (POLC) Executive Committee Chairman. As Robotics Team Lead Programmer, she taught children programming and Cyber Security basics. She attended job shadows, conferences and created an Internet Security website. She was on the Equestrian Team, Horse Judging Team, Spanish Club, choir and 4-H Vice President and Secretary. As Vice President and Chairperson of Leo Club, she volunteered in the community. She is pursuing a five-year dual bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics at Saint Mary’s College and Computer Engineering at University of Notre Dame. She plans to apply to the FBI Academy computer forensics program and pursue a career in Cyber Security.
Hunter Bowerson, of Marysville, MI, graduated Marysville High School with a 3.6 GPA. He has family members in the military and serving as police officers, including his dad Clinton Bowerson, a 23-year Chesterfield Police Officer and POLC member. He’s Captain of Michigan Ice Hawks Hockey Team, a youth hockey team mentor, instructor, assistant coach and certified Level 1 USA Hockey referee official. He received three Regional Stick titles and was part of District Championship teams. He took three AP classes, received an Academic Award, a Viking OAR Award for being top student in his nutrition class and was a Marysville Spirit Committee member, organizing fundraisers, parades, prom and homecoming. He plans to use his LEEP grant to pursue a bachelor’s in business at Western Michigan University and a career in federal law enforcement.
Mason Deible, of Grant, MI is using his third LEEP grant to pursue an associate degree in Criminal Justice at Muskegon Community College. He works summers as an Electric Forest Security Officer, using CPR to save a life, apprehending thieves in the merchandise tent, and learning how drugs are illegally dispensed, shared and hidden. He officiates sports matches to earn money for college. The former Metro Law Enforcement Explorer completed: Muskegon Area Career Tech Center Criminal Justice Program; Muskegon Citizen’s Police Academy; and Michigan State Police Student Trooper program. He received All Academic Soccer, Football and Track honors. The Varsity Soccer Team Captain was awarded MVP, All District, All Region and All Conference. He applied to Michigan State Trooper Academy and plans to become a Police Officer.
Marybeth Gormley, of Attica, MI, is using her second LEEP grant to pursue a Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree at Oakland University. Her uncle, Jeff Gormley is a Bloomfield Township Police Lieutenant and POLC Executive Committee member. The Honors College student received a 4.0 GPA the first year of college and participates in volunteer leadership activities, volunteering with Paradise Animal Rescue. The North Branch High School graduate was Class President, Student Council Corresponding Secretary, Women’s Cross-Country Captain, Band Letter Club President and Marching Band Section Leader. She earned a Cross-Country Varsity Award and was active in Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Drama Club, Quiz Bowl and National Honor Society. She hosted dinners and fundraisers for the homeless through Trinity United Methodist Church Youth Group. She is taking foreign language and a logic course to prepare for a career in the FBI.
Esperanza Razo of Sacramento, CA, is a Christian Brothers High School graduate. She was on the Varsity Water Polo, Swim and Wrestling teams, receiving All-City and All-League Water Polo athletic awards and numerous coaches’ awards in all three sports for leadership and being a role model. As a Student Ambassador, she participated in choir and a ride along program with California Highway Patrol (CHP). She volunteered with USA Boxing (where she’s an official), CHP Explorers and CHP’s for Kids, Napa Sheriff’s Activities League and San Jose Police Activities League and helps care for her autistic younger brother. She is using her $2,000 LEEP grant to study Psychology with a minor in Criminology at Hartwick College, where she will be on the water polo and swim teams. Her career goal is to become a California Highway Patrol Officer.
Ryan McIntyre of Anderson, IN, graduated Anderson High School with a 3.5 GPA. The former Chesterfield Fire Department Cadet is now a Paid-On Call EMT with the department, where his older brother is a firefighter. He has an EMT license, Hazmat Operations and Awareness certification and completed a Fire and Rescue class, receiving a Fire/Rescue Mental Attitude Award. He was on the high school football, wrestling, bowling and archery teams and was the first student to make State in two different sports in the same year. The marching band member ran a lawn mowing service and earned top placements in bowling and National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association. He is using his LEEP grant to pursue an associate degree in Homeland Security and Public Safety at Ivy Tech and will transfer to get a bachelor’s in both at Vincennes University.
Colby Matthys of Camden Point, MO, is a Platte County R-III High School graduate. A Skills USA District Officer, he took first at State and Nationals for Crime Scene Investigation and a Statesman Award. The Camden Point Volunteer Firefighter was Captain of Law Enforcement Crime Scene Investigation class. He participated in Missouri State Highway Patrol Student Alliance Program, was National Technical Honor Society President, Future Business Leaders of America Vice President of Membership and President of Human Resources, taking top placements in Districts, State and Nationals and the All-Star Award twice. The Brass Choir/Pride Marching Band, DECA member and Eagle Scout earned an Archery Excellent Sportsmanship Award. He will major in Emergency Disaster Management and minor in Criminal Justice at Northwest Missouri State University to become a State Highway Patrol Officer.
Antronette Gholston of Lawton, OK, graduated Eisenhower Senior High School with a 3.71 GPA. She was on the high school Varsity Volleyball team, Girls Basketball team, Debate Team, African American Club and Zone-In Volleyball Academy. A Leadership Team member and National Honor Society member, she participated in AP Weekend Study Sessions. A Team Coordinator for Teens Working for Younger Youth, she was a mentor to elementary students. She was an Intern Committee member, interning with Comanche County District Court. She is using her LEEP grant to pursue a Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
In its 14th year, LEEP has awarded some $232,000 in Dream scholarships to students showing a demonstrated interest in public service/law enforcement careers.
To view published articles about the 2018 LEEP Dream Scholarship winners, click on the links below:
Razo News-Ledger article