Scholarship Info

Dennis W. Holder Scholarship Fund Fall 2022

Scholarship Application Overview, Guidelines, Checklist and Forms

Online Application

Opens on Tuesday, March 1 and closes on Friday, June 24 @ 4 pm

GENERAL RULES

  • Only students can register and apply for the DWHSF Fall 2022 scholarship award
    • Firefighter-Sponsor/Parent please do NOT put your information in the Student section. We provide a separate section for the Firefighter-Sponsor/Parent. Students who register must use their own information, including a separate email address
  • Student applicant must be a child or grandchild, either biological or adopted, of Active City of Houston Firefighters or Retired members, who have received, or who are currently receiving pension benefits from the Houston Firefighters’ Relief and Retirement Fund; or a widow or widower of a Firefighter killed in the line of duty
      Step children or step grandchildren are not eligible at this time unless they have been legally adopted by the Firefighter parent or grandparent, and formal adoption papers are provided
  • Student applicant must already be accepted into a fully accredited 2 or 4-year college program at a college, university or technical training school
  • First time applicants will have graduated High School between May/June 2020 – May/June 2022
  • Student applicants must maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or C average or higher if already enrolled in college courses
  • Returning students are allowed one (1) break, which may last up to 2 years. A second break makes the student ineligible.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to read the eligibility requirements carefully, check documents and submit the online application BEFORE the 4pm Friday, June 24 deadline. Please follow the instructions and note:
    • Applications must be in the student’s name
      Documents must be saved and uploaded as a PDF or JPEG
      Incomplete applications will not be considered
      Original signature required unless stated otherwise
      Students and Firefighter sponsors are encouraged to call the DWHSF at 281-385-8525, or email hfdscholarship@gmail.com for additional clarification BEFORE the Friday, June 24 deadline
      We receive hundreds of applications each year, and applications need to be submitted properly for consideration
      Students need to apply online each year to be considered for the DWHSF scholarship award
      Students are eligible to receive a maximum of four (4) total scholarship awards

SCHOLARSHIP Programs description and checklist

  • Early High School Program (EHSP) created for 9th 10th & 11th graders enrolled in a dual credit program at a local college or university
    • First Time EHSP Applicant Student has never received a scholarship check from DWHSF
      Returning EHSP Applicant Student has received one or more scholarship checks from DWHSF (4 total scholarship awards is the maximum)
  • High School Senior or Student Currently Enrolled in College or Graduate School
    • First Time Applicant student has never received a scholarship check from the DWHSF and graduated high school May/June 2020 – May/June 2022
      • If you entered the military or church mission after high school, please email hfdscholarship@gmail.com
    • Returning Applicant Student has received one or more scholarship checks from DWHSF (4 total scholarship awards is the maximum)
  • First time grandchildren applicants must complete the grandparent affidavit (see form below), as well as provide the birth certificate of their parent, who is the son or daughter of the grandparent Firefighter sponsor, in addition to other required documents. If the Firefighter sponsor is the parent of the student applicant, this step is not necessary.
  • All first time applicants must provide a copy of their birth certificate and a copy of their High School Transcript for period May/June 2020 – May/June 2022, in addition to other required documents
  • Returning students are allowed one (1) break, which may last up to 2 years
  • Returning students must provide an official transcript showing Spring 2022 grades from all institutions attended emailed to hfdscholarship@gmail.com , even if the student skipped a year(s) in applying for the DWHSF scholarship to compare attendance and check for breaks in semester attendance
  • All applicants are required to complete an essay on the impact of the Firefighter sponsor in their lives; complete 10 hours of community service using the designated form; provide a photo of the student (a photo of the student and their sponsor is preferred); provide copies of IDs for the student and the Firefighter sponsor; as well as additional information as needed
  • All applicants are required to complete 10 hours of community service using the designated form; provide a photo of the student (a photo of the student and their sponsor is preferred); provide copies of IDs for the student and the Firefighter sponsor; and additional information as needed
  • All applications must be submitted online, including uploaded documents with original signatures where required
  • Extenuating circumstances will be reviewed and decided on by the DWHSF Board of Directors. For additional information, questions, or clarification, please contact the DWHSF

Forms

First time DWHSF applicants: If your Firefighter sponsor is your grandparent, download the attached, and have your grandparent sponsor complete and notarize the grandparent affidavit. Please save the signed, notarized form as a PDF format and upload the form in your application along with other necessary documents and information before the Friday, June 24, 2022 at 4 p.m CST deadline.

First time DWHSF applicants: If your Firefighter sponsor is your grandparent, and your grandparent sponsor is deceased, download the form, and have the next of kin to the deceased grandparent sponsor complete and notarize the deceased grandparent affidavit. Please save the signed, notarized from as a PDF format and upload the form in your application along with other necessary documents and information before the Friday, June 24, 2022 at 4 p.m CST deadline.

The DWHSF Community Service Form is a requirement for each scholarship application. The required 10 service hours must have been completed within 1 year of the application date. Please remember to upload the form in your application along with other necessary documents and information before the Friday, June 24, 2022 at 4 p.m CST deadline.

Early High School Program form (9th, 10th and 11th graders enrolled in earning dual credits)

DEADLINE

Online application and documents must be received no later than 4 p.m., Friday, June 24

ADDITIONAL INFO

Awards are based on the successful completion of the online scholarship application and the submittal or required documents. The DWHSF scholarship will be awarded 1 per year for a total maximum of 4 awards. Scholarships will be mailed directly to the applicant’s college of choice to be used toward the payment of tuition and other expenses. Scholarship recipients who have met the criteria will receive a congratulatory form by email. The form must be filled out and sent to the DWHSF via email at hfdscholarship@gmail.com before any checks will be issued to the college. Applicants who did not meet the necessary eligibility requirements will be notified via email. The denial letter will contain the reason for the denial, including an incomplete submission, uploading incorrect documentation, official college transcript with final semester grades not received before the 4 p.m. deadline, a culminated college GPA below 2.0, student took more than one break between classes, student graduated high school before 2020, or the student missed the 4 p.m. deadline on Friday, June 24 , etc. Scholarship award amounts are determined annually by the Dennis W. Holder Scholarship Fund volunteer Board of Directors, and are based on the amount raised in the previous fiscal year by the DWHSF

If you have any questions about these forms, or the scholarship application process, please email us at hfdscholarship@gmail.com or call us at 281-385-8525.

CONTACT INFO

Email: hfdscholarship@gmail.com
Phone: 281-385-8525 Fax: 866-277-0008
Mailing Address: DWHSF, P.O. Box 455, Humble, TX 77347