No assembly to honor HPOU scholars but let’s recognize them!

Tom Kennedy, Editor

COVID-19 HAS WREAKED HAVOC ON ASSEMBLIES DESIGNED TO celebrate excellence and honor the brightest and best amongst us. We just can’t assemble like we used to for a still-unknown amount of time.

Not only did this effectively postpone or possibly cancel the Assist the Officer Heroes Gala, it cancelled the annual breakfast honoring the recipients of HPOU scholarships. These graduating high school seniors – each of them already facing the high likelihood of no prom or graduation ceremonies – are the sons and daughters of HPD officers. The awarding of these scholarships to next fall’s entering college freshmen has always been one of HPOU’s proudest family-oriented traditions.

This year instead of pictures and a wonderful meal we can only say that we took names and have printed them on another page of this issue of the Badge & Gun. In doing so we are complying with the mayor’s safety standards and those strictly adhered to on a daily basis by Houston police officers and their union leaders.

In all, 78 scholarship award winners received a total of $40,000 in cash awards to be used for their first semester of college. We hate to say that there was no hoopla and fun in the presentation – the checks were sent out to each winner along with a letter of congratulations. We will not let this low key – but safe – methodology detract from the pride each and every HPD officer has in his/her offspring as they embark on the next plateau of their lives after high school.

The Badge & Gun wishes each and every winner of this year’s HPOU Scholarships the best for the first segment of their higher educational pursuits. We hope and pray that by the time the fall semester begins that you will be able to assemble shoulder-to-shoulder in your new classroom settings.