Dallas Retired Fire Fighters Association 2021 Scholarship Program Recipients
The Dallas Retired Fire Fighters Association and the Dallas Fire Fighters Association are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021 scholarships. We are awarding seven scholarships this year to deserving family members of the Dallas Fire Rescue Department for their academic achievements, dedication and aspirations. The DRFFA & the DFFA are awarding six $2000 scholarships and the independent scholarship selection committee is donating one $2000 scholarship. We are forever grateful for our exemplary selection committee again this year and sincerely appreciate their contribution of an additional scholarship. This is a time-consuming process as there were many deserving applicants and it makes it extremely difficult to select a few. The applicants’ strength and determination were not hindered this past school year by the interference that the pandemic caused the education system; they even found opportunities to participate in community activities to assist during the lockdown. We wish our 2021 scholarship recipients the best of luck in achieving their academic goals.
Jocelyn Jessie-Nicole Barnes is the niece of fire fighter Leonard King. She graduated from Cedar Hill High School in the top of her class where she performed in the honors band and was a member of the varsity softball team. She excelled in her advanced placement courses, including calculus. Throughout her high school years, she found time to participate in numerous community service projects while always being supportive of her brothers. Jocelyn Jessie-Nicole will be attending Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and plans to major in psychology. Her future desire is to enroll in medical school with a goal of one day being an obstetrician.
Camden Dortch is the grandson of retired fire fighter Frank Varner. He graduated in the top of his class from Sunnyvale High School. His interest in classes relating to STEM has shaped his goal to study aerospace engineering. He was the team captain of his Team America Rocketry challenge at the national finals, the world’s largest rocket contest for students. Camden was also involved in the marching band and achieved honors as part of the high school debate club. He will be attending the University of Texas at Austin where he plans on studying aerospace engineering. His future goal is to pursue a doctorate degree in the same field as it is such a fast-developing vocation.
Kaitlin Danielle Hall is the daughter of retired fire fighter Jason Hall. She attended Canton High School, graduating in three years (including earning college credit hours) where she was in the top of her class, a member of National Honor Society and Student Council. Her love of athletics is reflected in the numerous awards she earned as a member of five different sport categories. She volunteered for various organizations and participated in many community services projects. Kaitlin Danielle will be attending Le Tourneau University in Longview where she will be a member of the track and field team. She will be pursuing a degree in education with a goal of teaching and coaching girls’ athletics at the junior or high school level.
Riley Nicole Hamilton is the granddaughter of retired fire fighter Richard Thomas Machina. She graduated from Ascent Classical Academy where she was a member of the National Honor Society. In addition to her educational achievements and commitment to community services, she was honored with the Outstanding Youth of Lone Tree Award in 2020. It was her science fair project of building a geothermal heating system and three years on a winning robotics team that sparked her interest in engineering. Riley Nicole will be attending the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, and aspires to earn a mechanical engineering degree, giving her the opportunity to work in the robotics industry. One of her goals is to be able to volunteer with Engineers Without Borders to aid in the development and infrastructure in struggling countries.
Averri Elaine Jones is the daughter of fire fighter Jerromie Jones. She graduated in the top of her class from Crandall High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society and an officer in Student Council. She was a highly active member of the volleyball team for four years. Her community service was extensive, including opportunities to help those less fortunate. She was involved in the health science practicum that provided her hands-on knowledge and skills. Averri Elaine plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where she has been admitted into their School of Nursing program. After she receives her bachelor’s degree in nursing, she plans to continue her education and earn a master’s degree with the goal of being a geriatric nurse practitioner.
Kacy Elaine Middleton is the daughter of fire fighter Kevin Charles Middleton. She graduated from Carroll Senior High School where she was a member of the National Honor Society. She helped raise money for Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund, in addition she participated in numerous other community activities that also made an impact on others’ lives. Kacy Elaine will be attending the University of Texas at Austin where she plans to study for a double major in sociology and political science. She aspires to continue her education and earn a law degree to be a civil rights lawyer to give people a future full of endless possibilities. Her interest in law was further increased with her participation on the Metroport Teen Court where she accrued numerous hours.
Rylee Elizabeth Warrick is the granddaughter of retired fire fighter Anthony Mark Warrick. She graduated from Anna High School in the top of her class. She was a member of National Honor Society, International Thespian Society, American Sign Language Club and others. She participated in numerous community service projects, tutoring others after school, in addition to being a Peer Assistant for special needs children. Rylee Elizabeth will be attending Texas A & M University at College Station. Her passion for science has directed her toward achieving a degree in biology. Due to her love of children her future aspirations are to earn a medical degree and practice in general pediatrics.