Download & Print the 2022 Scholarship Packet
The HPOU Education Committee has announced the topic and deadline for application for this year’s scholarships awarded to the graduating seniors who are sons or daughters of Union members.
Each applicant must write a 1,200-word essay, complete the necessary paperwork and
Have all applicable documents and the essay in the office of the Houston Police Officers’ Union by 4 p.m. Friday, March 4. Official transcripts mailed by the students’ school must be postmarked by March 4, 2022.
Last year 81 sons and daughters of HPOU members received a total of $43,000 in scholarships to help defray costs of their first year of college.
This year’s essay topic:
With the dramatic increase of shooting deaths in the Houston area, if you were the Chief of Police, how would you reduce these numbers and stress the importance and value of human life?
To qualify for a scholarship, a student must:
- Be a dependent of an active or retired member in good standing with the HPOU
- Be a high school senior who will be entering college for the first time
- Submit the application along with a copy of his or her official high school transcripts
- Submit a written essay of 3-4 pages on a topic that has been selected by the HPOU Education Committee
- Submit a signed HPOU Scholarship Commitment Letter
- Have all these documents and the essay in the office of the Houston Police Officers’ Union by 4 p.m. March 4.
- Official transcripts mailed by the students’ school must be postmarked by that date.
Please see the complete list of the detailed requirements on the accompanying charts in this online issue of the Badge & Gun.
“We are striving to increase the number of scholarships offered to members of the HPOU family,” Education Committee chairwoman Rhonda Williams said.
Williams said the scholarship breakfast honoring each of the scholarship winners will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23 at 1600 State Street.
The veteran HPOU board member is particularly adamant about eliciting essays about this year’s topic. “We need to get children to think about the value of life,” she stressed. “These younger folks have fresh ideas. Maybe we can bring them in.
“They’re closer to the issues than we are. Maybe we can b e inspired by their ideas.”
Williams made it clear that scholarship packages are available at HPOU on the first and third floors or on the website HPOU.org. She said anyone with questions may call her at 832-455-0104 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the decades-long history of this great program, the Union board of directors has always seen to it that more and more dollars are invested in this awesome resource.