Dallas Retired Fire Fighters Association 2023 Scholarship Program Recipients
The Dallas Retired Fire Fighters Association and the Dallas Fire Fighters Association are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2023 scholarships. We are awarding eleven 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 ten $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. It is a time-consuming process as there were many deserving applicants. We wish our 2023 scholarship recipients the best of luck in achieving their academic goals.
Garrett Bohannan is the son of retired fire fighter Steve Bohannan. He is currently a student at the University of Texas at Austin and is immersed in the world of journalism as he considers it for a career. He is involved with the Daily Texan, the student newspaper, producing news videos and articles. He served as a fundraising ambassador for the paper and has helped produce stories of various sporting events. Currently Garrett is pursuing a career in journalism and film with a goal of working for a major streaming company, producing stories that spark change.
Noemi Del Campo is the daughter of fire fighter Noe Del Campo. She is currently attending the University of Dallas with a dedicated interest in Biology, encouraging other science students who are in her labs. She was the science club co-president and was selected as a participant in the Inspiring Future Scientists through Shadowing program offered by the chemistry department at Stanford University. Noemi is pursuing a degree in biology with a Pre-Med focus and a goal to become a cardiologist, treating those with cardiomyopathies.
Frances Dickerson is the daughter of fire fighter Ross Fredericks. She graduated from Farmersville High School in the top of her class where she excelled in track and field receiving many awards. She was also a member of the Beta Club, Student Council, Science Club and FFA. Frances was accepted into the Honors Program at Texas A&M University at Commerce where she will be majoring in nursing to serve and care for others. She is also committed to keep running in her curriculum.
Caroline Greenberg is the daughter of retired fire fighter Kenneth Greenberg. She graduated from Fort Worth Christian School, Magna Cum Laude, she was also a member of the National Honor Society and Student Body Chaplain, as well as receiving additional honors and awards. During the school year she was named Interim Youth Minister of her church as she was dedicated to helping others using her leadership skills. Caroline will be attending Texas Tech University where she plans to major in Human Development and Family Sciences with a goal of helping others.
Kyler Larson is the stepson of retired fire fighter Michael Ellis. He graduated from Maypearl High School in the top percent of his class with an associate degree and was a member of the National Honor Society. He excelled in several different sports, receiving awards as well as qualifying for several regional track meets. Kyler plans to attend Baylor University to study Sports Medicine using his interest in the well-being of others and giving back to children.
Mikaela Larson is the stepdaughter of retired fire fighter Michael Ellis. She is currently attending Texas A&M University Galveston where she is a member of the Sea Aggie Band. She graduated from Maypearl High School with an associate degree and was a member of the National Honor Society. She enjoys helping people and was a positive influence as a camp counselor. Mikaela is seeking a Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Marine Biology and a minor in Diving Technology and Methods.
Hallie Lovvorn is the daughter of fire fighter Justin Lovvorn. She graduated from Wills Point High School as a member of the National Honor Society and Student Council. She excelled in track and field and received numerous awards for her dedication and hard work. Hallie will be attending the University of Texas at Tyler and plans to major in nursing with the ambition of being a neonatal nurse helping to give hope to new families.
Kaelin O’Keefe is the daughter of fire fighter Ryan O’Keefe. She graduated from Grapevine as a member of the National Honor Society, additional honor societies, Student Council, and the Ambassador Program. She enjoyed volunteering in numerous community service initiatives giving her the opportunity to make a positive impact on society. Kaelin plans to attend Mays Business School at Texas A&M University majoring in Business Administration.
Jacqueline Rand is the granddaughter of retired fire fighter Roy Don Rand. She graduated from Lindale High School as a member of the National Honor Society. She has flourished in the role of agriculture leadership, receiving many awards and honors. The local and national FFA organizations have benefited from her dedication, and she was recently elected to serve as a Texas FFA State officer in her first year of college. Jacqueline plans to attend Baylor University to major in education with a long-term goal of being a pediatrician.
Jaxon Rhyne is the son of retired fire fighter Waylon Rhyne. He graduated from Canton High School as a member of the National Honor Society. His academic and athletic achievements in basketball and baseball have been numerous and he used his skills to coach youth sports. Jaxon plans to attend Trinity Valley Community College working towards his Associates of Business Administration degree and later transfer to the University of Texas in Tyler to complete his bachelor’s degree.
Isabella Wood is the granddaughter of retired fire fighter John Wood. She is attending the University of Texas at Austin where she has had the opportunity to be a part of the Freshman Research Initiative working towards discovering cancerous genes role in the human body. She has joined Camp Kesim, a non-profit that supports the children of cancer patients, being there for them and will serve as a camp counselor. Isabella is currently a member of the Pre-health Honor Society and continues to work towards her goal of attending medical school.