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Fond du Lac Tribal students awarded Katie Poirier Memorial Scholarships

Wade Lamirande, Law Enforcement Program Coordinator at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, presents the scholarship awards to Katherine Ochtrup (left) and Olivia Gottschald. Submitted / FDLTCC

By Tom Urbanski
The Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Foundation announced that Olivia Gottschald and Katherine Ochtrup, Law Enforcement students currently attending the college, have been awarded Katie Poirier Memorial Law Enforcement Scholarships for 2018.

The students were selected from a group of outstanding applicants who are seeking careers in law enforcement.

Gottschald, a 2018 graduate of Lincoln High School in Esko and current resident of Duluth, is in her first year of the Law Enforcement associate of science degree program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College.

Gottschald was dual-enrolled this past academic year as a Post-Secondary Enrollment Option student at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, completing her senior year of high school requirements at the collegiate level. She will complete the Professional Law Enforcement Skills Training certificate program in 2019.

Olivia intends to continue her education at the University of Wisconsin-Superior to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Her career goal is to work locally in a county sheriff’s department.

Ochtrup, a 1993 graduate of St. Paul Open School and a current resident of Two Harbors, completed her first year of the Law Enforcement associate degree program and the Criminal Justice associate degree program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. She plans to complete her education in 2019 with the Professional Law Enforcement Skills Training certificate program. Upon finishing, Katherine’s career goal to become a patrol officer in northeastern Minnesota, with a special interest in working as a canine officer.

The Katie Poirier Memorial Law Enforcement Scholarship was established to honor and remember Katie Poirier, a Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College student who had a career goal of becoming a law enforcement officer. Scholarship funds are provided by the Poirier family and the Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College Foundation in memory of Katie.

The first Katie Poirier Memorial Law Enforcement Scholarships were awarded during Fall Semester 2000. Since that first award, a total of 37 Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College students have benefitted from receiving the memorial scholarship.