A record number (at least 80) of HPOU scholarships To be awarded at special April 10 breakfast event

Tom Kennedy

The annual HPOU college scholarship program will once again set new records. At least 80 sons and daughters of Union members will receive a record $40,000 in individual scholarships to help defray expenses during their first semester of college.

The winners will be honored at a special Saturday breakfast at the HPOU building at 1600 State St. at 10:30 a.m. April 8. The event awarding the scholarships always promises to be one of the year’s annual highlights for members and their young adult children who are graduating high school and bound for higher education.

“These are fantastic kids!” HPOU 2nd Vice President Joe Gamaldi, Education Committee chairman, said. “It’s an honor to help them as they go off to college. It’s another way of showing our membership that we support them and their families.”

Gamaldi beamed at the fact that the amount of the scholarship awards has continued to grow just as the number of applicants has over the past few years.

Applicants must submit a formal application and write an essay that is graded by a retired English teacher who never sees a name matched with an individual essay.

The topic of this year’s HPOU Scholarship essay prompts applicants to present opinions about how students should conduct themselves when stopped by police.

Officially, the essay question is:

Texas State Senator John Whitmire plans to introduce a bill

to teach high school students how to conduct themselves when

being stopped by the police?

Are you for or against this?  Please explain.

The deadline was Feb. 24. Entrants must be dependents of an active or retired HPOU member. And each one must be a high school senior who will be entering college for the first time in the fall.

Last year the HPOU presented 77 scholarships totaling $34,000 – both new records since the program’s inception