Scholarship Info

Dennis W. Holder Scholarship Fund Overview, Guidelines & Checklist

Funded by Houston Firefighters and Private Contributions
Application Opens 3/11/19 and Closes 6/21/19 @ 4:00 pm

Award: The Dennis W. Holder Scholarship will be awarded to children or grandchildren, either biological or adopted, of active City of Houston firefighters or members who received, or are currently receiving pension benefits from the Houston Firefighters’ Relief & Retirement Fund, to attend an accredited college, university or technical training school. The scholarship will be awarded once per year for a maximum of four years. All scholarship monies will be mailed directly to the applicant’s college of choice to be used toward the payment of tuition and other expenses. Eligible recipients, who have been awarded a scholarship will be notified by email w/congratulatory form. The form must be filled out and emailed back (hfdscholarship@gmail.com) to DWHSF before any checks will be issued to the college. Applicants not receiving a scholarship will be notified by a denial letter informing the recipient as to the reason for the denial (incomplete submission, low GPA, more than 2 breaks from college, more than 2 years out of high school, missed the deadline, etc.).

Amount: Scholarship awards are determined annually by the Dennis W. Holder Scholarship Fund Board of Directors.

Deadline: Applications and requirements must be received no later than 4:00 PM on 6/21/19.

Eligibility Requirements: (The requirements are subject to change due to availability of funds from year to year.)

  • Applicant must be a child or grandchild, either biological or adopted, of active City of Houston firefighters, or members, who received, or are currently receiving pension benefits from the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund.
  • A widow or widower of a firefighter killed in the line of duty.
  • Applicant must already be accepted into a fully accredited 2 or 4-year school.
  • Applicant must maintain a grade point average of 2.0/C or higher if already enrolled in college courses.
  • New applicant must be in senior year of high school or has not been out of high school for more than two years, except if he or she is a widow or widower of a firefighter killed in the line of duty or if he or she entered the military after High School.
  • Existing College and/or Masters/Doctorate program applicant must not interrupt or have a break in course study for more than two consecutive years and will only be allowed a one-time interruption of their education.
  • Step-children or step grandchildren are not eligible unless they are legally adopted by the firefighter parent or grandparent.
  • Any extenuating circumstances are to be reviewed and decided on by the Board of Directors.
  • For additional information, questions, or for clarification, please contact us:


Contact Us:

Email: hfdscholarship@gmail.com
Phone: 281-385-8525 Fax: 866-277-0008
Mailing Address: 4225 Interwood N. Parkway, Houston, TX 77032-3866

SUBMITTAL REQUIREMENTS CHECKLIST

Please refer to your correct status – New Student, or Returning Student

New Student Submittals Required
Students must apply within two years of graduating high school
. If you are a Returning Student, please disregard and continue reading the RETURNING STUDENTS section.

  • Fully completed application/disclaimer form online. You will receive an email confirmation when you submit username and password, as you edit your application, and when you have submitted all your documents. After the deadline you will also receive an email informing you if you have been accepted or denied.
  • Copy of student state driver’s license.
  • Copy of firefighter sponsor state driver’s license.
  • “Copy” of student’s certified birth certificate or proof of adoption (if applicable). Both parents must be listed on birth certificate.
  • Picture of student and sponsor required and uploaded to online application. No paper photographs accepted.(If available, picture of student and firefighter sponsor in uniform “if possible”)**Submittal requirements for pictures: ONLY 400 x 600 JPEG SIZE (no larger than 1MG)
  • Essay-300 minimum word essay, typed, double spaced, font size no larger than 12.
    Explain – (1) Brief description about your firefighter parent or grandparent. (2) How his or her profession has impacted you. (3) What the DWHSF-Houston Firefighters Scholarship Fund scholarship award means to your family and your future. (Must be on topic)
  • DWHSF minimum 10 hour Community Service Formsigned by both student and authorizing person and uploaded into online application. Community service must be performed within one year of current application. Documentation proof letter signed by both student and organization representative. Signatures cannot be typed. Save csf and documentation letters as one pdf for upload.
  • “Copy” of latest high school transcript
  • Letter of Acceptance from the college that you wish to receive the funds. Some junior colleges do not send letters of acceptance. If this is the case, student must supply another form of college acceptance. Items would include emails from the college, college receipts, library cards, or class schedules from the college. A document that will tie the student and the college together.
  • High School guidance counselor email address to email scholarship award certificate for graduation ceremony if submitted in time for graduation


For a new student already enrolled in college:

OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS need to be sent via eTranscript to hfdscholarship@gmail.com directly from the college’s electronic transcript system. The DWHSF must have official sealed unopened college transcripts from ALL colleges attended and all years attended college up to date of application including spring grades of the current year. ALL OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OUR OFFICE ON OR BEFORE JUNE 21, 2019 AT 4:00PM.

If your HFD sponsor is your Grandparent (In addition to the new student documents)

  • You will need to submit a notarized “Grandparent Affidavit” for applicants sponsored by firefighter grandparent. If the sponsoring HFD grandparent is deceased, the spouse of the grandparent must submit a notarized “Deceased Grandparent Affidavit”. If both grandparents are deceased, the applicant’s parent (son or daughter of the deceased HFD firefighter grandparent) must submit a notarized “Deceased Grandparent Affidavit.”
  • Applicant’s parent, the son or daughter of the HFD firefighter-grandparent, must also submit a birth certificate in order to confirm relationship to grandparent.


The grandparent affidavit and birth certificates are only required for new, first time applicants.
You will not need to resubmit as a returning student as we will have the documents on file.

Returning Student Submittals Required

  • Fully completed application/disclaimer form completed online at http://www.holderscholarship.org/student-application
  • Copy of student’s state driver’s license.
  • Picture of student, or student and firefighter sponsor submitted electronically via email or uploaded to the online application. No paper photographs accepted. (If available, picture of student and firefighter sponsor in uniform “if possible”) **Submittal requirements for pictures: ONLY 400 x 600 JPEG SIZE (no larger than 1MG)
  • Essay-300 minimum word essay, typed, double spaced, font size no larger than 12, to include:
    (1) Brief description about your firefighter parent or grandparent. (2) How his or her profession has impacted you. (3) What the DWHSF-Houston Firefighters Scholarship Fund scholarship award means to your family and your future. (essay must be on topic)
  • 10 Hours Community service form – CLICK HERE for form. The form must be signed by both student and authorizing person and uploaded into online application. Community service must be performed within one year of current application. Documentation proof letter signed by both student and organization representative. Signatures cannot be typed. Save csf and documentation letters as one pdf for upload.
  • Official College E-transcript to hfdscholarship@gmail.com.
    Please note, official transcripts must contain the final grades for the Spring 2019 semester.
    Transcripts that do not reflect the final grades for the semester do not meet the eligibility criteria, and will not be accepted. Please ensure that the eTranscript is in downloadable PDF format. If you had a gap year, please send the e-Transcript for the last full semester attended showing your final grades. Transcripts must be sent via e-Transcript from the school, and received BEFORE the deadline, 4 p.m., Friday, June 21, 2019

 

ADDITIONAL EXPLANATION
ON THE APPLICATION SUBMISSION PROCESS

General rules

It is your responsibility and you are strongly encouraged to re-read the eligibility requirements carefully, follow all submittal instructions and email hfdscholarship@gmail.com to verify that all documents have been received.

If you need additional clarification, please call the DWHSF office at 281-385-8525.

It is important to note:

  • Incomplete forms will not be processed
  • Applications and corresponding documents, including the e-Transcript received AFTER 4 p.m., June 21, 2019 will not be considered, and the application will be denied


We receive hundreds of applications yearly, and applications need to be submitted properly for consideration. Students need to apply online every year for scholarship awards, for a maximum four awards.

Application Submittal

Applicants are responsible for applying online. All needed requirement forms must be uploaded by the deadline date, 4 p.m., June 21, 2019. Any item missing or received after the deadline date will not be processed.

Students are required to apply online at http://www.holderscholarship.org/student-application

OFFICIAL COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS must be sent via e-Transcript to the email hfdscholarship@gmail.com directly from the college’s electronic transcript system. Please inform college to make sure the eTranscript is in downloadable PDF format. The DWHSF must have official, sealed and unopened college transcripts from ALL colleges attended, and all years attended college up to the date of application including spring grades of the current year. If you had a gap year, please send the e-Transcript for the last full semester attended showing your final grades. Please call us at 281-385-8525 if you need more clarification. ALL OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OUR OFFICE ON OR BEFORE THE DUE DATE AT 4:00PM.


How to Submit the Necessary Forms for Your Application

  • Any and all email communication regarding student with DWHSF at hfdscholarship@gmail.com should be titled: Lastname, Firstname YYYY in subject of email.
  • All electronic files, documents, pictures and forms must be saved as Lastname, Firstname YYYY before being uploaded onto the website application. To differentiate the files add essay, picture, CSF (community service form), etc. after the year. Online application submittals must be in a PDF or JPEG format. If you try to submit a document in a format other than a PDF or JPEG, the system will not accept it.


                      * Make sure there are no spaces or extra punctuation in file name

  • Example—picture (LastFirst2019pic) and save as either a jpeg or pdf (DoeJane2019pic)
  • Example—essay (LastFirst2019ess)and save as either a jpeg or pdf (DoeJane2019ess)
  • Example—community service form (LastFirst2019csf)and save as either a jpeg or pdf (DoeJane2019csf)
  • Example—birth certificate (LastFirst2019bc) and save as either a jpeg or pdf (DoeJane2019bc)
  • Example—student driver’s license (LastFirst2019sdl) and save as either a jpeg or pdf (DoeJane2019sdl)
  • Example—Grandparent affidavit (LastFirst2019gpa) and save as either a jpeg or pdf (DoeJane2019gpa)
  • Example—High school transcript (LastFirst2019hst) and save as either a jpeg or pdf (DoeJane2019hst)


No ZIP files will be accepted.