2020 DRFFA Scholarship Announcement
The Dallas Retired Fire Fighters Association is awarding seven scholarships this year to deserving family members of the Dallas Fire Rescue Department. The DFFA is awarding six two thousand dollar scholarships and the independent scholarship selection committee is donating one two 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 and we genuinely appreciate their contribution of an additional scholarship. We would also like to thank Al Ellis and Barry Sorrells for their service on the selection committee. This is a very time consuming process as there were many impressive applicants again this year.
Dallas Retired Fire Fighters Association 2020 Scholarship Recipients
Marisabel Garza is the daughter of fire fighter Juan Carlos Garza. She graduated from Waxahachie High School where she was the senior class Vice President, a member of National Honor Society and on the Broadcast Media Staff. She was on the Varsity Golf Team, in the drumline of the marching band and a Wind Ensemble Percussionist. Marisabel is active in church activities, she was a library tutor, assisted with the Annual Craft Fair and was a coordinator of The First Responders Breakfast. She plans on attending Texas State University, she will major in Marketing and minor in International Business where she can use her proficiency in Spanish to further her career.
Jared Ross Hall is the son of fire fighter Jason R. Hall. He graduated from Canton High School where he was a member of the National Honor Society and received numerous awards as a member of the marching band. Jared excelled in athletics as a member of the baseball, track and football teams and was instrumental in helping them achieve championship status. He is involved in church activities and as a member of the youth group he attends bible study weekly meetings and has volunteered at vacation bible school. He also volunteers for numerous community events. Jared will be attending LeTourneau University where he will be pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and will be participating in the Universities track program as a runner.
Kimberly Hooker is the daughter of fire fighter Jerry Hooker. She graduated from Italy High School where she was a member of National Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society. She was involved in FFA, participated in her high school band, varsity athletics and a member of Circle of Friends. She is extremely interested in wildlife and was involved in the Texas Youth Hunting Program. Kimberly has been involved in community activities by organizing food drives, volunteering at Special Olympics events, assisting with the Dallas Fire Fighters Auxiliary Easter Egg Hunt and working with her local Guns vs. Hoses sports events. She will be attending Texas A & M University majoring in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Kimberly aspires to be a wildlife biologist and working for Texas Parks & Wildlife.
Allyson Marie Jones is the daughter of fire fighter Jerromie Jones. She graduated from Crandall High School where she was vice president of the National Honor Society, secretary of Future Healthcare Professionals of American and a member of the peer tutoring program. She was a member of the varsity basketball team for three years and of the JV volleyball team for two years achieving District status in both sports. Allyson is active in her community by volunteering to assist the homeless, assisting at sport camps and teaching at church. She plans to attend the University of Texas in Austin enrolling in the Nursing Guarantee Program. After graduating she plans on working towards earning a master’s degree to become a nurse practitioner and eventually an emergency flight nurse practitioner.
Cortney Paige Pope is the granddaughter of Donald Rayford Whisenhunt. She graduated from Hawkins High School with the honor of being Valedictorian of her class and is a participant in dual credit courses from Tyler Junior College. She was co-president of the National Honor Society, class representative for Student Council, a member of the Academic UIL Team specializing in social studies and current events. Cortney gives back to her community by volunteering for the Salvation Army, East Texas Angel Tree and Food Bank. She will be attending Tyler Junior College to complete her associate degree in Applied Sciences then plans to transfer to the University of Texas at Tyler to obtain a bachelor’s degree of science in nursing. Courtney aspires to be a registered nurse.
Juliet Pridgen is the daughter of fire fighter John Charles Rodriquez. She is a graduate of Mabank High School where she was president of National Honor Society, a member of the National Beta Club and the Maybank Scholars Institute. In addition, she was president of her senior class. Juliet is currently enrolled in Southwestern University where she joined the Pre-Dental Society. She is active in Best Buddies, an organization where she has a one-on-one relationship with an individual with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She played varsity soccer in high school for four years and continued with that success at Southwestern on the soccer team that won a championship for the first time in the program’s history. Juliet is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology with a minor in health studies. Her goal is to be accepted at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry.
Christopher Walters is the son of fire fighter David Walters who is now deceased. He graduated from Bryan Adams High School. While there he participated in different sports, he played tennis and was on the baseball team. His community activities include volunteering at the Austin Street Shelter and the North Texas Food Bank. He was a Boy Scout and member of the Wilshire Baptist Church. Christopher is currently enrolled at Oklahoma State University. He aspires to complete his degree then be able to travel to experience different cultures and learn from others.