1 May June 2013 In This Issue: Membership Surpassed 19,000 Honor the Fallen We Will Take it From Here TMPA Remembers Serving Members Throughout the State
3 What Members are Saying Thank you TMPA I am writing to thank you for allowing Mike Zellers to assist us with this past year's contract negotiations our board and membership was really happy with the outcome of this year's contract I was impressed with Zellers knowledge of the law, civil service, and his knowledge in dealing with our contract Half way through our contract meetings, Zellers was actually leading the majority of the negotiations, using tactics and knowledge, that left the city's bargaining team impressed and submissive. Zellers made every effort to work around our schedule and never missed any of our appointments Again thanks for all of your support. Chief Michael Kelly, Commissioner Joe Martinez, Mayor Miguel Mike Wise, President Robert Lopez, Commissioner Guadalupe Rivera, City Manager Leonardo Olivarez, and TMPA Field Rep, Mike Zellers. I am writing you to express my gratitude in the services that were provided to me during an incident that lead to my indictment, my termination, and a 2 years 8 months nightmare. On Sunday June 27, 2010 as I was assisting a fellow officer clearing a parking lot of a local hip hop club a huge fight erupted. During the deployment of force an individual was injured. Local police began a criminal investigation on me in reference to that individual being injured...i immediately called TMPA and asked for help It wasn t long that I was connected to John Haring. Mr. Haring advised me on what to expect and what we would be doing [In] October 2010 I was True Billed in the criminal investigation. My life experience and police training would never prepare me for what would happen next. I was labeled as an indicted felon, I had a warrant for my arrest issued, and the media that I tried so hard to avoid were covering my incident on the front page of the Dallas Morning News Paper and local news media, I even made Television Spanish channel. I immediately notified Mr. Haring who along with me was surprised but was ready to take that next step I was immediately called in to the Dallas County Constables Office PCT#5 and given a copy of my Internal Affairs report in which I was exonerated I was later given a letter advising me that due to my indictment my employment would be terminated immediately. February 25, 2013 was the start of my Criminal Trial Mr. Haring throughout the trial maintained his professionalism even when the prosecutor s witnesses did not. He was able to key in on certain infractions to testimony that truly impressed me and sitting attorneys in the audience. Mr. Haring was able represent me and prove to me that justice would prevail in my case. On the 28th of February after 22 minutes of deliberations the jury came back with a verdict of NOT GUILTY. I want you to know that your organization works sir, your organization does care sir, and your organization gave me hope after I lost my freedom, my job, and so much more. I thank you for what Mr. John Haring did for my family, for me, and for any other law enforcement officer who ever had to travel the road I traveled. I truly believe without the protection that TMPA provided I would not have gotten the experienced attorney that I needed to vindicate me and represent me in my ordeal. Mr. Hyde, [Our Internal Affairs Investigation] is all over with and I (as well as the two other officers involved with me) were all exonerated of all the false allegations against me/us I appreciate all of your help and I do not believe it would have turned out the way it did had it not been for you and TMPA's involvement in this investigation. I also want to thank TMPA and Noel Johnson who was more than willing to get the full force of TMPA involved to help us out. It was a great comforting feeling knowing we had this support and resources to help any time...i appreciate it and am thankful you and TMPA were there for me (and my guys who were involved). I can t say it enough, but thanks a bunch to all of you! 1
4 Membership Surpassed 19,000 Best position in history Kevin F. Lawrence, Executive Director 2 This July will mark my 25th consecutive TMPA conference: one (1989) as a member, ten ( ) as a board member and 14 as an employee. In all the years I ve been a part of this organization, I can honestly say that right now is the most exciting time for us. Not only has our active membership surpassed 19,000, but we have accomplished this with very little recruiting. Instead our focus has been on delivering great service to our current members and it seems like they ve been telling their friends. This has led to more new members, relatively low attrition and a growth rate that shows no signs of tapering off. Lately, we have been working with other law enforcement labor groups on our legislative efforts. In fact, with one exception, almost all of the significant groups are participating in this coalition. TMPA, FOP/HPOU, DPA, DPSOA, HPROA, HCDO and others have pulled together to serve the common interests of our members. It is amazing how much better our profession is served when we reach out and work with these other groups rather than fighting with them. Our Board of Directors is more involved now than any other time in my experience. Admittedly, sometimes they can be a bit of a pain in the rear (too many cooks in the kitchen, don t you know?) but unquestionably their involvement is much more of an advantage than a hindrance. This current board understands the organization better, is willing to be bold in planning for the future and in not bashful about rolling up their sleeves and working side-by-side with our members, our locals, our staff and other organizations to get the job done. Above all they keep us focused on the tasks at hand, which is exactly what you expect your Board of Directors to do. TMPA employs fifty-five dedicated employees who always go the extra mile. I know this is hard for many of you to fathom, but in our offices being exceptional is the norm. Our employees include six full-time and four part-time field representatives who deliver one of the greatest benefits we offer our members, local support. At a time when it seems apathy is rampant in most organizations, we have a higher level of participation from local leaders than any of us can recall from past years. Attendance at the annual conference has set records for the last several years in a row and appears likely to do so again this year. Leaders from local associations attend all of our board meetings, are at our offices on a regular basis and several dozen came to Austin for TMPA Day at the Capitol. Two months ago you received our annual report so you know that TMPA is currently in the best financial position in our history. We have financial stability that comes from millions of dollars in net assets so we are able to guarantee resources to take care of your needs legal, political or personal. All of this is happening at a time when the political landscape is the most uncertain it has been since the Carter Administration, crimefighting technologies are making advances every day that boggle the mind and your agencies are being asked to do more and more work with less and less resources. TMPA realizes that we have to be prepared to adapt to these changing sometime turbulent times. We are constantly reassessing and reevaluating every facet of the organization to ensure that we will be able to meet your evolving needs and expectations. And we are all excited for the opportunity to serve you.
5 Supporting the Families of Our Fallen Pay Honor During National Police Week David Russell, President In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed the proclamation which makes May 15th Peace Officer Memorial Day and the week in which that falls as Police Week. TMPA will travel to Washington D.C. during Police Week to volunteer with the Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS). We will provide support for the organization and the families of our fallen. In the past decade on average there has been an officer killed in the line of duty every 57 hours. In that same decade there has been an average of 58,261 assaults on law enforcement each year resulting in 15,658 injuries according to National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. I respect each of you for accepting the duty of protecting our fellow citizens knowing the risk of death or injury that comes with the job. It is important that we remember our families who worry about our safety knowing the same statistics. TMPA is a full service association that works to provide its members with the tools to be the safest and best trained officers they can be. This can be observed in our training programs, legislative efforts, legal defense, member support services and benevolence. I will continue to pray for your safety and mine and ask the Lord to look over us all as we face the dangers of the job. Please always remember and include the families of those left behind but especially as we pay honor during National Police Week. Respectfully, David Russell, President 3 The wicked flee when no man pursues but the righteous are bold as a lion. Proverbs 28:1
6 Support Local Events Region 10 Report Chris CeBallos, Region 10 Director, Arlington Police Department TMPA Field Rep Dick Brock at the Motorcycle Fun Run Region 10 is proud to report over 1300 members due in large part to the hard work of Dick Brock, TMPA Field Representative. We recently had the Bedford POA Motorcycle Fun Run to benefit first responders and their families in times of need. Each year there are hundreds of first responders that die in the line of duty, thousands more injured but countless affected by illnesses and medical costs. The Motorcycle Fun Run is a great way to raise funds for when they re needed most. Grand Prairie also hosted their first Honor Guard Competition, congratulations to all the men and women who participated. 4 Region 7A Report Travis Hammond, Region 7A Director Irving Police Department Grand Prairie Honor Guard Competition Once again, it has been very busy, in and around Region 7. With having over 2,500 members, just in Region 7, it tends to be very active. I was able to attend recruitments with McKinney, Irving, and the Dallas County Sheriff s Office. I also attended POA meetings with Garland, Flower Mound, DART and Mesquite. In addition, I met with several Dallas County Constables from Precinct 4. I would like to thank the Dallas Rapid Transit Association for allowing me to swear in their 2013 board members. Several members from Region 7 were in attendance at the winter board and legislative day at the capital. Along with myself, were members from the Dallas County Sheriff s Office, DART, Grand Prairie, and DFW Airport. TMPA conducted a Free Will Day at Irving. I would like to thank Field Representative Dick Brock, and Legal Assistant Sheila Funke, for their assistance. They completed 116 wills! Dallas Rapid Transit Association Grand Prairie held their First Annual Honor Guard Competition. Each team represented their departments very well. TMPA Field Representative, Clint McNear, cooked for the competition with assistance from 3rd-VP Heath Wester, Region 1 Director James Babb and myself. For our retired members, please remember that you can keep the legal plan for only $3 a month. I believe this is essential for any retired member that carries their firearm. The annual conference in Austin is fast approaching. I hope to see all of you there. Remember if you have an event, meeting or something important coming up, please let us know, so that we may attend.
7 Serving Members in Region I Join us in Honoring Fallen Officers James Babb, Region 1 Director, Plano Police Department Since my last contribution to In Service magazine I have been quite busy for TMPA. I had the great fortune to meet with local associations like Wylie PD and the Dallas Area Transit Police Association. I ve also had the opportunity to attend events, respond to incidents and assist members with legal needs recently. I attended the Texas Game Warden Association Blue Badge Blast clay shoot with TMPA 2nd VP Mitch Slaymaker, field reps Clint McNear and Mike Gomez and Robbie Steed from Rowlett PD. We provided lunch to the participants before the shoot and had a great time meeting with everyone. I coordinated attorney consultations for a civil suit with several members of my department. Lastly, I was able to respond to a critical incident in Collin County, which involved a longtime friend of mine. Thankfully all of the good guys were unscathed. I ve also been active with the 83 rd Legislative Session. Of course I took part in TMPA s legislative day at the State Capitol where I teamed up with board member Rudy Salinas of the Hidalgo County Sheriff s Department, E.J. also of Hidalgo County, and Jose Quiles from McKinney PD. I went to Austin again in late March to testify on a bill in front of the House of Representatives Criminal Jurisprudence committee at the request of Representative Leach s office. I will be attending the candlelight vigil at the Texas Peace Officer Memorial and the memorial ceremony on May 5th and 6th to honor fallen officers. I hope to see you there. 5 TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY Member of The Texas A&M University System A Texas public university recognizing Law Enforcement Service Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice Administration 33 credits (no cost) for TCLEOSE, Military, Federal training NOT a degree in Liberal Studies, but a transcript/diploma degree in Criminal Justice A degree from a Texas public university NOT a for profit private on-line school Criminal Justice practitioners serve as Board of Directors to the degree The degree can be completed online, face-to-face, or a blend Master of Criminal Justice Professional track 30 credit degree/10 classes No GRE required for criminal justice personnel Non-theses track Up to 12 credits can transfer from FBI-SPI-LEMIT The degree can be completed online, face-to-face, or a blend To speak to a Department Specialist about your education , we have also created a Law Enforcement Only Phone Number at , or you can us at
8 Honor the Fallen And Continue the Fight Against Evil Eddie Chavarria, Region 5 Director San Angelo Police Department I recently read a 2009 speech made by Governor Perry in which he said, Every day that you put on the badge, kiss your spouse and children goodbye, and walk out the door, you do so knowing that you might be called upon that day to step between good and the evil, often at the risk of great personal cost. This reminds me of the Law Enforcement Code of Ethics which states that: 6 Law Enforcement Officers have a fundamental duty to serve mankind; to safeguard lives and property; to protect the innocent against deception, the weak against oppression or intimidation, and the peaceful against violence or disorder; and to respect the Constitutional rights of all persons to liberty, equality and justice. May 15th has been declared Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which it falls, as Police Week. As of March 26, 2013 the Officer Down Memorial Page showed 24 Law Enforcements Officers throughout our country had lost their lives in the line of duty. Unfortunately, by the time this article is printed we will have many others added to the list of the recently fallen. These 24 Law Enforcement Officers made the ultimate sacrifice and laid down their lives to those citizens they were sworn to protect. Let us pay respect to those Law Enforcement Officers and their families who mourn their loss. Let us continue the fight against evil and be the peace keepers within our communities. Scripture tells us, Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Thank you for your dedicated services to the citizens of your communities and the citizens of the great State of Texas. Stay safe and let us honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice. What Our Members are Saying TMPA with Us Each Step of the Way I wanted to write you and your staff to personally thank you on behalf of the Bellaire Police Department, the Bellaire Police Officers Association, Lieutenant B. Bledsoc and myself, for your great organization and the wonderful things you all do. On Christmas Eve 12/24/12 a horrific event changed our lives and our small community more then you will ever know. But in the midst of the most awful day, TMPA stood by our side with the assistance of TMPA Regional Attorney Paul Aman, TMPA Field Representative Leighton Guarnere, TMPA Legislative Affairs Director Lon Craft, and Regional Board Member Chris Wilkerson. Each of these special people helped in one way or another and walked through this difficult process alongside us each step of the way. We extend our more sincere THANK YOU to each of you at TMPA and the great organization that you are. Thank you! Douglas W. Clawson, President, Bellaire Police Officers Association
9 We Will Take it From Here Region 8 Honors Sergeant Norman Chris Wilkerson, Region 8 Director Pasadena Police Department It is with great remorse that I report to you that Texas has lost one of its finest. In the early morning hours of Christmas Eve I was notified that several Region 8 TMPA members with the Bellaire Police Department were involved in a pursuit that ended in an exchange of gun fire. When I arrived to the scene I was advised that Sergeant Jimmie Norman was shot and was transported to the hospital. A short time later I was advised that Sergeant Norman succumbed to his injuries. One of the officers involved in the incident was Officer Douglas Clawson, the local association president, who I was able to meet at the scene. I asked Officer Clawson if he would be willing to write a memorial letter for Sergeant Norman. His letter is as follows: A Fallen Hero Bellaire Police Sergeant Jimmie D. Norman was born on November 17th He married his high school sweet heart Mitzie in 1981 in Bellaire, Texas. They spent the next 35 loving years raising a family with their two children Daniel and Dallas. Sergeant Norman started his law enforcement career after graduating from the Houston Community College Police Academy in He spent the next 29 years in law enforcement working for Fort Bend County and the Bellaire Police Department. Sergeant Norman diversified his career while spending time as a Patrol Officer, Canine Officer, Narcotics task force Officer, Detective, Corporal, and finally posthumously Sergeant. Sergeant Norman was a devoted family man who rationed his time between work and family and often intertwined both. Sergeant Norman was a mentor to younger officers and always encouraged others to be better. He was an active member in the Bellaire Police Officer s Association and coached the Police Departments charity football team. Sergeant Norman was recognized on numerous occasions for his work over the years to include Officer of the Year and recognition by the FBI for his part in the take down of the suspects involved in a series of violent robberies. On the morning of December 24th, 2012 Sergeant Norman was attempting to stop a vehicle in the City of Bellaire. The suspect fled and a short pursuit ensued. The suspect crashed into a local business which caught the attention of the business owner who came to assist Sergeant Norman. A struggle ensued between Sergeant Norman and the suspect while the owner of the business Mr. Terry Taylor tried to help. The suspect fatally shot Sergeant Norman and Mr. Taylor, a United States Army Veteran. The suspect then opened fire on responding Officers who pursed the suspect during a firefight. The suspect was wounded and taken into custody a short distance away. Sergeant Norman was a brave sheep dog who worked his career protecting the sheep from the wolf. Sergeant Norman may you rest in peace; we will take it from here. Douglas W. Clawson, Bellaire Police Officer s Association - President I want to thank all the officers that responded to this incident for their bravery in the face of danger. And to all officers across the state, stay diligent and keep fighting the good fight. 7
10 TMPA Remembers In Memory of Our Brave Officers Deputy Sheriff Chad Christian Key Grayson County Sheriff's Office, Texas EOW: Saturday, April 20, 2013 Cause of Death: Vehicular assault Tour: 4 years Police Officer Edrees Mukhtar San Antonio Police Department, TX EOW: Saturday, December 29, 2012 Cause of Death: Automobile accident Tour: 1 year 7 months 8 Sergeant Jimmie Deveril Norman Bellaire Police Department, TX EOW: Monday, December 24, 2012 Cause of Death: Gunfire Tour: 20 years He is survived by his wife and children. Patrolman Angel David Garcia El Paso Police Department, TX EOW: Sunday, December 16, 2012 Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle Tour: 9 months Patrolman Jonathan Keith Molina El Paso Police Department, TX EOW: Friday, October 5, 2012 Cause of Death: Assault Tour: 4 years He is survived by his wife.
11 Sergeant Paul Hernandez Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX EOW: Thursday, October 4, 2012 Cause of Death: Heart attack Tour: 35 years, 8 months He is survived by his wife and son. Constable Brian David Bachmann Brazos County Constable's Office - Precinct 1, TX EOW: Monday, August 13, 2012 Cause of Death: Gunfire Tour: 20 years He is survived by his wife and children. Deputy Sheriff Joshua Shane Mitchell Reagan County Sheriff's Office, TX EOW: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Cause of Death: Gunfire Tour: 6 years He is survived by his wife, parents, siblings, and grandparents. Police Officer Joshua Stanley Williams Waxahachie Police Department, TX EOW: Saturday, July 28, 2012 Cause of Death: Vehicular assault Tour: 17 years He is survived by his wife, six children, parents, and siblings. 9 Deputy Sheriff Michael Ray Smith Upton County Sheriff's Department, TX EOW: Friday, June 8, 2012 Cause of Death: Automobile accident Tour: 2 years, 6 months He is survived by his wife, three sons, and a daughter. Senior Police Officer Jaime D. Padron Austin Police Department, TX EOW: Friday, April 6, 2012 Cause of Death: Gunfire Tour: 17 years He is survived by his two young daughters and parents. Trooper Javier Arana, Jr. Texas Department of Public Safety - Texas Highway Patrol, TX EOW: Saturday, March 24, 2012 Cause of Death: Automobile accident Tour: 2 years He is survived by his wife and five children.
12 Serving Members Throughout the State Field Services and Training Update TMPA Field Representatives and Trainers travel throughout the state bringing TMPA benefits to members locally. The Field Services Division, with six full time and four part time field representatives, and two full time training officers, is the largest in TMPA history meaning more support is being delivered to members than ever before. 10 Recruitment TMPA s membership has surpassed 19,000 without a strong emphasis on recruitment. Field Reps often give presentations to academy classes and develop relationships with departments to help them understand the benefits of TMPA membership, but most of their time is dedicated to supporting those who are already TMPA members. Since January 1st, TMPA has proudly welcomed 542 new members. Meet and Confer and Collective Bargaining There have been numerous requests for salary surveys as we prepare for a busy season of contract negotiations. We are currently preparing over 20 salary surveys and have started meet and confer and collective bargaining meetings at several departments. Training TMPA has begun to offer the New Supervisor class again. This is an excellent class which you might want to consider for your department. TMPA trainers have received very positive feedback from our new Leadership class as well as our Association Leadership class. TMPA is offering Officer Safety and Survival training for the first time in May. TMPA Field Rep Leighton Guarnere observed the Cleveland ISD Mass Casualty/Active Shooter training event and offered feedback to the participants. Local Support Highlights TMPA regional attorney Paul Robbins attended an Alto City Council meeting, and has spoken to the media in steadfast support of a member who has been the target of community outrage since his officer involved shooting. Some members of the community insisted the shooting of a suspect armed with a three foot machete was racially motivated. TMA Director of Field Services, John Sierega, moderated the Rosenberg candidate forum. All 13 candidates for city office participated and over 100 were in the audience. The Rosenberg Police Officer s Association planned the event and considered the forum an overwhelming success. Many law enforcement issues, such as pay and benefits, were addressed in the forum. We would like to commend the Rosenberg POA for their work within the department, the city, and their community. TMPA has recently set up or reestablished local associations in: Duncanville Red Oak Trophy Club University of Incarnate Word TMPA recently met with a City Manager after a member accused the city s Chief of Police of assaulting her. We expressed our support for the member and our sincere hope that the incident would be handled with fairness and impartiality. The situation has now been resolved to the member s satisfaction and the chief is no longer employed at that department. TMPA Field Reps participated in and attended eight fundraisers and local events.
13 TMPA Responds Aid Given to First Responders in West, TX The Emergency Response Team is funded by TMPA Charities, Inc. 100% of every dollar donated to TMPA Charities goes directly toward one of their programs. If you would like to learn more or make a donation so TMPA can continue to respond to those in need, please visit The TMPA Emergency Response Team recently responded to the scene of a fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX the night of April 17, TMPA stayed on the scene for hours providing food and drinks to all the first responders in the area. Thank you to all the first responders who worked for several hours straight, your efforts saved lives and we are grateful for your dedication. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were killed in the explosion and for the community as it rebuilds. This is what it's all about ~ This is what it's all about ~ supporting supporting First Responders during a First Responders during a major disaster. major disaster. I am grateful that I am grateful that TMPA took the TMPA took the initiative to get initiative to get involved and assist with involved and assist with this horrible this horrible tragedy while other tragedy while other organizations organizations were painfully were painfully absent/failed to do absent/failed to do anything... It's all anything... It's all about people about people helping people-not helping people-not memberships. memberships. Preparation Increases Safety and Effectiveness Cleveland ISD Mass Casualty/ Active Shooter Training Event 11 On March 15, 2013, Cleveland ISD held a training never before seen in Liberty County. Cleveland ISD Chief of Police Rex Evans and Sergeant Leitner of Texas DPS planned the training that incorporated an Active Shooter Drill combined with a Mass Casualty Drill over the course of almost four months. Multiple agencies and all area hospitals were involved in the training event and the mass casualty ambulance from Atasocita Fire Department responded to the scene. All of the victims were JROTC students. The standard NIMS casualty identifier tag system was used. There were 12 students for each of the four categories in order to make the situation more difficult for personnel and resources to help identify strengths and weaknesses. Following the training, there was a debriefing where the entire event was discussed and feedback was given. TMPA Field Rep Leighton Guarnere participating in the debriefing and offered feedback. All of the participating agencies left after the debriefing feeling much more confident in their ability and resources to handle a critical incident, should one ever arise in their community. Thank you Chief Rex Evans for taking the time to plan such a successful training involving so many agencies and for inviting TMPA to be involved. Preparation increases safety and effectiveness and the efforts of everyone who participated are commendable.
14 TMPA at the Capitol Protecting the Rights and Interests of Texas Law Enforcement TMPA Director of Legislative Affairs Lon Craft speaks with Representative Cecil Bell Jr. Since the start of the 83rd legislative session at the Texas State Capitol TMPA has been on the scene almost every day. Over 900 bills were filed in the Senate and House of Representatives that included the words law enforcement so Director of Legislative Affairs, Lon Craft, has been very busy tracking them. TMPA staff and directors have been meeting with legislators, attending committee hearings and testifying for the past four months. We ve also been working with every willing law enforcement association to protect your pensions. As the session winds down before its end on May 27th, TMPA will continue to work hard to push through bills that are important to you and your jobs. on Twitter for updates. Please remember, none of this would be possible without your support. Visit to donate to the PAC and ensure your voice is heard at the Capitol. Great view after a long day at the Capitol. 12
15 Ten Foot Tall and Bulletproof Take Care of Yourselves Now Buddy Rector, East Texas Field Rep and Old Retired Cop Far too many officers take this attitude and live to regret it. That s right, LIVE to regret it. This is not about tactical awareness or weapons training. It is the attitude some officers take about their health. Remember, you shall reap what you sow, if not now, in later life. I hear too many officers complaining about wellness screenings and fitness requirements and yes, I was one of you in my younger days. The ones that are most vocal are usually the ones that should heed it the most. In most cases it is not the agency or city/county trying to punish officers, but to get you out of the ten foot tall and bulletproof attitude. We think we are going to live forever and we can take care of our health later. We put off checkups because we are cops and we are tough. Early detection of most problems can be dealt with modern medicine but untreated; they can lead to more serious issues that are beyond treatment. Take care of yourself while you are young so you can enjoy yourself in your later years, not sitting around doctors offices. Take advantage of the health/wellness screenings and get with the fitness programs. How many times have I jokingly said If I knew I was going to live this long; I would have taken better care of myself. Now I will reap what I have sown. Scholarships for TMPA Members Take Advantage of all Member Benefits 13 Every year, TMPA Charities awards 10 college scholarships to children or dependents of TMPA members. The scholarships, ranging from $1,500 to $5,000, not only help our members pay for the ever-increasing costs of higher education, they also serve as a way to honor the academic achievements of some of our brightest students. To date, TMPA Charities has provided more than $250,000 in scholarship funds to the families of our members. Scholarships Awarded Eight $1,500 awards One $3,000 award sponsored by the McLane Advisors One $5,000 award in memory of Jaceb Fedro who is an Honorary Past President of TMPA. Requirements for a Scholarship: Proof of enrollment for a minimum of 12 hours of college credit at an accredited college, university, or vocational school prior to receiving scholarship payment Must be less than 25 years of age Must not have been convicted of a crime Must have graduated from high school or obtained a GED Proof of scholastic ability: B (85 or higher) grade point average or a GED score of 58 or higher, SAT scores Awards and honors Extracurricular activities and/or work history A statement expressing education and career goals & plans Selection Process: A committee appointed by the president at the annual TMPA Summer Conference will award scholarships. All applications are submitted to the Selection Committee anonymously to guarantee fairness. To Submit an Application: Visit to download the application. The deadline for applicant submittals is June 30.