HPOU scholars to be honored in two shifts due to virus

A total of 80 sons and daughters of Union members will be honored at a specially arranged April 17 breakfast honoring the 2021 HPOU Scholarship winners.

The HPOU’s annual scholarship presentations to graduating seniors who applied for the scholarship aid through an essay contest will be different this year.

The 80 recipients will be presented a total of $42,750 to help defray the cost of their freshman year in college.

“We will do it in two shifts,” HPOU Education Committee Chairwoman Rhonda Williams said. “The first 40 will be presented at 9 a.m., the other 40 at 10:30 a.m. We split the 80 recipients in half because of the COVID.”

Both halves will be feted in the Breck Porter Building.

An anonymous independent grader judges the contest, a long-time practice of the Education Committee to ensure objectivity. The grader was not even supplied the names on the papers.

This year’s essay subject was:

Considering the racial divide and negative events between police officers and citizens, how would you bridge the gap between the police and the community?

Williams issued a special Thank You to the sponsors of the program: Blauer Uniforms Corporate Office, Galls Uniforms Houston, Kroger Corporate Office, Chick-Fil-A of Sawyer Heights and National University in La Jolla, California.

“We want to sincerely thank each of these sponsors for helping to make this year’s event one of the Union’s biggest highlights of the year – despite the changes we needed to make due to the virus,” Williams said.