BRYAN, Tex. (KBTX) - On December 2, 2000, Officer Mark Hiatt was responding to a funeral escort on his motorcycle when he was tragically killed by a truck which failed to yield the right of way at the intersection of 29th Street and Haswell. He was employed as a law enforcement officer for fourteen years with last six years being at the Bryan Police Department.
Mark was heavily involved in his community where he was a member of the AF & AM Patrick No. 359 Masonic Lodge in Franklin, the Bryan Police Officer Association and the Texas Narcotics Officers Association. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Bryan, where he was with the Estonia-Germany Missionary Group and taught fourth-grade Sunday school. He was also a member of the Sam Houston Elementary P.T.O. Officers remember his infectious smile “No matter what kind of day it was, Mark was always smiling.”
In 2004, the Bryan Police Officers Association members wanted to continue his legacy of giving back to the children in our community and the Mark Hiatt Scholarship was formed. Since that time, BPOA members have worked a variety of events to help raise money for the fund.
In 2017, our dream of providing scholarships was made a reality after hosting the 1st Annual Blue Birdie Classic Golf Tournament. Proceeds from this event allowed BPOA to reach its financial goal. BPOA is pleased to announce that on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 the first ever Mark Hiatt Scholarships were awarded to the following four deserving individuals:
Noah Alford is a 2018 graduate of A&M Consolidated High School and is attending Blinn College in Bryan, TX. He is majoring in computer science and plans to become a software engineer.
Lindsey Bell is a 2018 graduate of Earl Rudder High School and is attending Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, TX. She is majoring in nursing and plans to specialize in pediatrics and oncology.
Samantha Hunt is a 2018 graduate of Bryan Collegiate High School and is attending the United States Merchant Marine Academy. She is majoring in maritime logistics and security. She hopes to commission into the United States Coast Guard where she can focus on drug interdiction, port security along with search and rescue. (Certificate accepted by her brother, Noah Hunt, in her absence)
Sean Lowe is a 2018 graduate of Earl Rudder High School and is attending Texas A&M University. He is majoring in agriculture economics and aspires to be in the political arena of agriculture as either an elected official or lobbyist.
We are so excited to continue Mark Hiatt’s legacy. If you are interested in supporting this great cause, the 2nd Annual Blue Birdie Golf Classic is scheduled for October 8, 2018 at Traditions Golf Course. We have a link to sign up in the Related Links section.