EDUCATION: Ferris students receive law enforcement scholarships

BIG RAPIDS – Two Ferris State University law enforcement students are among 13 top students in the nation who will receive dream scholarships.

The scholarships are awarded by the Law Enforcement Education Program, a nonprofit public safety group. In its eighth year, LEEP has distributed a total of $81,000 to students demonstrating interest in law enforcement and public service.

Trevor Katona, of Rochester, and Dylan Tantalo, of Owosso, are the two Ferris students who will each receive $1,000 scholarships.

Trevor Katona

Katona is completing a specialized criminal justice degree by spending three years at Oakland Community College and one year at Ferris.

In addition to maintaining a 3.75 GPA, Katona also has completed community service projects such as roofing houses for low-income people in Kentucky, volunteering at several food banks, participating in a community cleanup, painting playgrounds in Detroit and volunteering at Pontiac Rescue Mission.

Katona, a 2011 graduate of Oakland Christian School, is the nephew of Benton Township Police Chief Vincent L. Fetke.

Tantalo is enrolling in Ferris’ criminal justice program this fall.

He was active in his graduating class at Corunna High School – serving as class president from 2009 to 2012 and holding office in a variety of other school clubs.

Tantalo was a committee member for Support Our Seniors, Finnegan for Sheriff, Corunna Public Schools Sex Health and CPS Family Consumer Science. He also volunteered with the National Honor Society highway cleanup, Baker College junior prep program, Curwood Festival and Tim Kurrle for Mr. Owosso.

LEEP dream scholarship winners include:

  • Lena Illig, of Alaksa;
  • Yordan Coss, of California;
  • Justin Saucier, of Florida;
  • Britt Whitaker, of Kentucky;
  • Tyler Harrell, Trevor Kantona, Nathan Leigeb, Keegan McPhail, Kenneth Nawrocki, Dylan Tantalo and Rodger Thompson, of Michigan;
  • Matthew LeCocq, of Pennsylvania; and
  • Edward Moctezuma, of Texas.

LEEP’s scholarship program is made possible by a growing list of national supporters.

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