2019 DRFFA Scholarships Announcement
The Dallas Retired Fire Fighters Association is awarding seven scholarships this year to deserving family members of the Dallas Fire Rescue Department. The DRFFA is awarding six one thousand dollar scholarships and the independent scholarship selection committee is donating one one thousand dollar scholarship. We are forever grateful for Ms. Harriet Miers who has given her valuable time for many years to chair and organize an exemplary selection committee. We also would like to thank Mr. Guy Kerr and Mr. Russell Coleman for their service on the selection committee. This is a time consuming process as there have been many impressive applicants again this year.
We are pleased to announce the 2019 DRFFA Scholarship recipients:
Khadijah Anise Brown is the daughter of fire fighter Gregory Tyrone Brown. She is a graduate of Lake Ridge High School where she was a member of the swim team for four years. She excelled at competitive swimming breaking records and winning many awards. She was also selected as Outstanding Swimmer of the Year and was involved in numerous community service projects. She was a member of Student Council and of the South Dallas Business & Professional Women’s Club receiving a Special achievement Award. Khadijah fulfilled her interest in the health care field by volunteering and enrolling in a Health Care class in high school and interning at a nursing center. She plans on attending The University of Arkansas at Little Rock participating in their nursing program with the goal of obtaining a BA in Nursing and a long time goal to continue with the Master’s program to be a Physician’s Assistant.
Isaac Alejandro Garcia is the son of fire fighter Albert Garcia, Jr. He graduated from Italy High School where he was a member of National Honor Society, Student Council President and Drum Major for two years. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol, Robotics Captain and volunteered with the Texas Baptist Men in Brazoria County. And he was involved in numerous community service projects. His interest in wildlife gave him an opportunity to volunteer at the Dallas Zoo in the youth program. Isaac plans on attending Texas A&M University and major in Wildlife and Fisheries Science with the goal of obtaining a Masters Degree in Marine Biology. He eventually would like to work with Texas Parks and Wildlife in the Artificial Reef Sciences Department.
McKinsey Ashlynn Jean Howell is the granddaughter of retired fire fighter Kenny Moore. She graduated from Frisco High School and was also receiving credit from Collin Collage at the same time. She was a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, Best Buddies and played volleyball for four years serving as captain. She has completed over 100 hours of community service and plans to continue giving her time to help others. McKinsey will be attending the University of Arkansas entering into their School of Nursing to fulfill her dream of being a NICU Nurse.
Taylor Piper is the daughter of fire fighter Joseph Piper. She is currently a student at the University of Houston where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with the goal of receiving a Masters Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences. Her goal is to be involved in drug design and development providing medications with fewer side effects and also more affordable. While in Houston she has been part of the Metropolitan Volunteer Program, Urban Experience Program and she is a STEM Scholar. Taylor was a volunteer for the City of Dallas during the Mass Casualty Incident Drill as well as aiding in Bio Tel at UTSW Medical Center.
Juliet Rodriguez Pridgen is the daughter of fire fighter John Charles Rodriguez. She graduated from Mabank High School where she was President of National Honor Society, Scholars Institute for four years, was a member of the National Beta Club and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She ran track, played on the varsity soccer team for four years and was captain for two years. Juliet plans on attending Southwestern University with the goal of being accepted into the Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry. She has been passionate about the topic of dentistry since she was a young girl and her goal is to be an accredited Orthodontist and provide care for those less fortunate.
Presley Rae Reese is the step-daughter of fire fighter Clint Conway. She graduated from Mabank High School where she was Salutatorian of her class, a member of National Honor Society, National Beta Club and Mabank Scholars Institute. She also played volleyball and excelled in soccer for four years. She has been very active in community service projects and with projects in her church. She participated in a mission trip to Germany where she taught classes at local high schools, assisted in baseball camp as well as other activities in their church. Presley plans on attending Dallas Baptist University. Her future goal is to be enrolled in Baylor University’s School of Nursing with aspirations of becoming a Nurse Practitioner to make an impact on people’s lives.
Ethan Patrick Walters is the son of fire fighter David Walters. He graduated from Bryan Adams High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholar’s and the Football Unity Council. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the varsity football and varsity track teams. He was also involved in numerous community service projects at school and with his church. Ethan will be attending Millsaps College where he will major in Political Science concentrating on the international level. In the future he plans on considering a career in the military with the Navy or Marine Corps.