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Criminal justice honors three students

Monday, September 22, 2014

In recognition of their exceptional academic achievement, three Mercyhurst University criminal justice students were awarded scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year. 

Alicja Mincewicz, who is an international student from Poland and a double major in law enforcement and intelligence studies, received the R. Gordon Kennedy Criminal Justice Scholarship, which is given in memory of R. Gordon Kennedy, former Erie County district attorney. Celina Sidun, a law enforcement major with a minor in psychology of crime and justice; and Brian Starks, a law enforcement major; were co-recipients of the Dan Dascanio Law Enforcement Memorial Scholarship, which is given in memory of Dan Dascanio, former police chief at Presque Isle State Park.

The students were recognized during a luncheon with Robert Schwartz, the executive director of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia, who was at Mercyhurst in September to speak about the “Kids for Cash” scandal.  His presentation was part of the university’s “Confronting Injustice” academic series.

PHOTO: (L-R) Dr. Frank Rodriguez, Dr. Pete Benekos, Celina Sidun, Bob Schwartz, Alicja Mincewicz, Atty. Tina Fryling and Dr. Maria Garase