Classroom arms the subject of this year’s essay topic in annual scholarship contest

Tom Kennedy

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 4 p.m. Friday, March 1.


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


Considering our current gun laws and educational system, should we legalize teachers to be armed in the classroom to protect our educational environment?  Please explain.  

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 on March 1, 2019.
  • Official transcripts mailed by the students’school must be postmarked by March 1, 2019.

Please see the complete list of the detailed requirements on the accompanying charts in this issue of the Badge & Gun.

Education Committee Chairperson Rhonda Williams said the scholarship breakfast honoring each of the scholarship winners will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at 1600 State Street.


Williams made it clear that scholarship packages are available at HPOU on the first and third floors or on the website She said anyone with questions may call her at 832-455-0104 or email her at


The committee chair acknowledged that this year’s presentations will be a hard act to follow after last year’s record-setting year in which 107 HPOU members’ sons and daughters were awarded $50,250.


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.


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