Daniel Breaux is looking forward to post-college life. He graduated with honors, two terms early, in December 2014 and is ready to start his career. “I’ve already gotten a job with the Berkley, California, Police Department. After six months in the police academy, I’ll start working as a police officer. I’m really excited.”
The Greenfield, CA, native came to SOU because of football but academics were also extremely important. Daniel already knew he wanted to major in criminal justice and was looking for a school with small class sizes, high quality faculty and hands on experience. “When I came to visit, they talked about how much one-on-one time you get with your professors. I found that SOU also offers practical student engagement in the criminal justice program. The lock-in is a once a year event that brings law enforcement from all over the country to provide workshops and hands-on-experiences for students. It’s an eye opener on top of a learning experience.”
In addition to being a standout defensive end on the National Champion football team, Daniel took full advantage of the SOU experience. He worked as an admissions ambassador and served on the ASSOU Executive Committee as an athletics senator and Director of Recreation, Outdoor and Athletic Programs. He also helped to develop the annual Raider Weekend of Service. “Athletes aren’t just here to win games. We’re really here to have some meaningful experiences and help people. I learned skills through my time at ASSOU that I’ll be able to apply to my future job. One of the most important ones is servant leadership. As a police officer, I’m going to be doing that very same thing: using my power and authority to be able to serve people.” He also volunteered at the Humane Society.
Daniel attributes much of his success to scholarship support. “Scholarships made it possible to go to school full time and be a successful student athlete. If I had to work full time, I wouldn’t have been able to devote time to the other things I was involved in. Scholarships take a huge load of your shoulders. There have been many times where other students I’ve known have had to choose between work, athletics and being able to stay in school.”
Daniel is extremely grateful to the donors who make scholarships like his a possibility. ” I’m thankful to donors for the opportunity to attend SOU. Their gifts have allowed me all these amazing experiences. They are so invested in our success as students and whether they know it or not, they are developing the future of America. I’m forever grateful for those people that give back.”
Daniel was a recipient of the Diversity Scholarship, the Oregon State Sheriff’s Association Scholarship, the Don Mackin Servant Leadership Award and an athletic scholarship. He received numerous athletic awards including Academic All Frontier Conference (3 years), All Frontier Conference and NAIA All American recognition. In the future, he wants to become a training officer and mentor rookie officers.