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  • Melvin Drum Memorial Scholarship

    About

    The Texas Chief Deputies Association is proud to announce that we will be awarding six (6) Melvin Drum Memorial Scholarships during our annual training conference scheduled for June 11 - 14, 2019, at the Inn of The Hills in Kerrville, Texas. Melvin Drum who was the Chief Deputy of Ochiltree County. He was killed in the line of duty while on a traffic stop involving a domestic disturbance. Chief Drum was not only an outstanding Chief Deputy but also was extremely involved in his community, especially with youth activities. Five (5) of the scholarships are available to a son, daughter, stepson or stepdaughter of any Sheriff or Sheriff’s Office employee in the State of Texas. These scholarships are academic scholarships for a recipient that is attending, or will be attending an accredited college, university, or trade school within the State of Texas. These scholarships will be in the amount of $2,000.00 each with the first $1000.00 to be awarded at the conference in Kerrville. The second payment of $1000.00 will be awarded in the following spring, upon proof to the TCDA treasurer that the original recipient is still enrolled and has passing grades. This proof should be in the form of a certified copy of the recipient’s transcript from the college, university or trade school.

    One (1) of the scholarships will be in the amount of $2,000.00 and will be available to a Sheriff’s Office employee attending college or a law enforcement training academy. This scholarship will be awarded in one payment at the conference in Kerrville. An example would be a jailer employed at a Sheriff’s Office wanting to attend a law enforcement academy in order to become a licensed Peace Officer, or a Sheriff’s Office employee attending a college or university in pursuit of a degree.

    Past Recipients

    2018
    Ty Guenter, Michelle Ortega, Lauren Richter, Cheyenne Stroope, Sarah Tillman
    2017
    Taylor Tully, Sara Vallie, Taylor Sanders, Faith Chatham, Ronnie Martinez, Leah Warren
    2016
    Emilio Torres, Catherine Kruger, Taylor Looney, Louis Maldonado, Colton Oglesby, Paige Shearer
    2015
    Aaron Skelton, Brandon Michell, Bianca Schmerber, Kia Lyons, Matthew Reyna, Jose Lopez
    2014
    Dylan Lamensky, Victoria Campion, Brooklyn Harris, Clarence Oldham
    2013
    Randi McRae, Ashley Brentsen, Alexandra Stevens, Bailee Peavey
    2012
    Miranda Hoehne, Marissa Garcia, Kelsey Floyd, David Alaniz
    2011
    Megan D. Sosa, Blake Chaffin, Jacob Copeland, Monica Shaffer
    2010
    Alexis Dee-Anne Sullins, Amanda L. Jones, Audra Thurman, Tanner Todd Gillem
    2009
    Courtney Inman, Ember McKinney, Cori Vega, Timothy Prout
    2008
    Erin Taylor, Brittany Jennings, Timothy Prout
    2007
    Tiffany Hernandez, William Schaefer, Angela Clark, Cole Thurman
    2006
    Jared Garner, Monica Garcia, Brittany Martin
    2005
    Laci Walden, Lakeshia Bolton, Matthew Moose, Whitney Haney
    2004
    Jennifer Redwine, Levi Allen
    2003
    Crystal Blakeney, Eric Hall, Lauren Culwell
    2002
    Colby Hughey, Jeff Baker, Stephanie Houdrick
    2001
    Alex J. Warren, Derek L. Drum, Erin B. Morrison
    2000
    Darla K. Enriquez, Heather R. Key, Leslie Kramer
    1999
    Allison Ingram, Jana Murphy, Lisa Ingram
    1998
    Allison Ingram, Bradley Smejhal, John Michael Mars
    1996
    Adam Cory Shockley
    1995
    Candace Ann Norred
    1994
    Casey Armontiout, Will Evans
    1993
    Chris Fleming, Colby Butcher, Michelle Harris
    1992
    Andrea Jung
    1991
    Brian Ray Tri, Russell Collins
    1990
    Jack Runnels, Yvonne Luna

    Instructions

    Download Application Form

    DEADLINE
    May 1, 2019
    Only recipients of the scholarships will be notified prior to the June Conference.

    SUBMISSION
    Applications and/or inquiries should be mailed to:
    Chief Deputy Doug Shoemate
    TCDA Scholarship Committee Chairman
    Sterling County Sheriff’s Office
    P.O. Box 928
    Sterling City, TX 76951
    (325) 378-4771
    d.shoemate@co.sterling.tx.us

    Proof of enrollment and grades should be mailed to:
    Jim Stewart
    TCDA Treasurer
    1700 West Hwy 21
    Bryan, TX 77803
    wstewart@brazoscountytx.gov

    CRITERIA
    The selection criteria is as follows:

    • Academic Achievement
    • Leadership
    • Financial Need
    • Extracurricular Activities (many applicants prefer to use a resume format)

    Scholarships are available to any son, daughter, stepson or stepdaughter of any Sheriff’s Office employee currently working for a Sheriff’s Office in the State of Texas. The scholarship is an academic scholarship for a recipient that is attending, or will be attending, an accredited college, university or trade school within the State of Texas. Academic scholarship amount is $2,000.00 with the first $1000.00 to be awarded at the conference in Kerrville for the fall semester. The second payment of $1000.00 will be awarded in January for the Spring Semester upon proof to the Scholarship Committee that the original recipient is still enrolled and has passing grades. Forward this proof to the current TCDA Treasurer, Jim Stewart, 1700 West Hwy 21, Bryan, TX 77803 or email to wstewart@brazoscountytx.gov.

    One scholarship will be in the amount of $2,000.00 and will be available to a Texas Sheriff’s Office employee attending college or a law enforcement training academy. This scholarship will be awarded in one payment at the conference in Kerrville. An example would be a Jailer employed at a Sheriff’s Office wanting to attend a law enforcement academy in order to become a licensed peace officer; or a Sheriff’s Office employee attending a college or university in pursuit of a degree.

    REQUIRED INFORMATION
    The required information is as follows:

    • Melvin Drum Memorial Scholarship Application Form
    • Certified copy of High School and/or College Transcript
    • Letter from Sheriff attesting that a parent or stepparent, of the applicant being considered, is currently employed by the Sheriff’s Office (If Applicant is an employee, a letter stating employee status)
    • Letter(s) of recommendation. (i.e. community leaders, family friends, etc)
    • Letter from applicant, containing reasons he/she should be considered for the Melvin Drum Memorial Scholarship award