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The Gary Gryder Student Scholarship

Officer Gary Gryder was killed in the line of duty on June 29, 2008. At the time of his death Gary and his wife Debbie were assigned to the Houston Police Department’s Juvenile division. Whether it was through his work with HPD, or through personal interactions outside of work, Gary enjoyed mentoring children of all ages. The Gary Gryder Student Scholarship fund was established to honor his memory and commitment to our next generation.

The Gary Gryder Student Scholarship fund was established through the Gary Gryder Memorial Softball Tournament and will award its first scholarships in May 2019.

Application submission is now open and will close on May 31, 2019.


To apply for the Gary Gryder Student Scholarship, students must select ONE of the essay topics below and submit a 500-word essay on their selected topic. Please make careful note of the applicant eligibility and essay submission guidelines. Any essay submitted that does not follow these guidelines will be disqualified.

When your essay is complete, please send the essay to Amanda Day with the subject line: Gary Gryder Student Scholarship Submission. If you have any questions regarding the submission process, please feel free to email Amanda at the email above.

Applicant eligibility:

  • Student must be between the ages of 14 – 19 to submit
  • Student must be related to a participant of the 2018 Gary Gryder Softball Tournament
  • Student must submit their essay by the deadline (May 31, 2019)

Submission guidelines:

  • Essay must be a minimum of 500 words
  • Font: Arial / 12 pt.
  • Spacing: Double spaced
  • In the top left-hand corner of your essay please include the following:
    • Student first and last name
    • Team name of family member who played in the Gary Gryder Tournament
    • Name of family member who played in the Gary Gryder Tournament
    • Email and phone number of student or student’s parent/guardian


Student name: John Smith

Team Name: Texas Javelina Hawgs

Family/Player name: James Smith

Email + Phone:; 713-123-4567

Essay Topics:

  1. Discuss an accomplishment that you’re extremely proud of. It can be a personal, athletic, or academic achievement. Why is this achievement important to you?
  2. As the child of a first responder or military veteran, do you feel that your childhood was any different from your friends? Why or why not?
  3. Playing a team sport is essential to a child or young adult’s education. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?