Police and the racial divide the subject of this year’s essay topic in HPOU’s annual scholarship contest

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 submit the completed applications no later than 4pm Friday, March 5.

This year’s essay topic should stir up interest. The topic is:

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

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 4pm Friday, March 5, 2021.
  • Official transcripts mailed by the student’s school must be postmarked by March 5, 2021.

Please see the complete list of the detailed requirements in this printable online packet (includes the application and commitment letter): 2021 HPOU Scholarship Packet

Education Committee Chairperson Sgt. Rhonda Williams said the scholarship breakfast honoring each of the scholarship winners will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 17 at 1600 State Street. “This is a tentative date,” she said. “We must consider restrictions regarding the coronavirus if necessary.”

Sgt. 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 rwilliams@hpou.org.

The committee chair acknowledged that this year’s presentations will be a hard act to follow past years’ totals that saw scholarships awarded $40,250 to 80 sons and daughters of Union members. “We always want to set new records,” she said.

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 great resource.

Sgt. Williams and her committee always take pride in working with all applicants, whose essays are judged by an outside authority.