Rodney Holder Memorial Scholarship

Rodney Holder was born April 18, 1960, (Auburn, Alabama,) and moved to Abilene at age 3. Rodney lived a life of service. He was a 28-year police veteran, having graduated from Police Academy in 1982 and was named one of two officers in the motorcycle patrol division in 2005. He was serving his community on April 29, 2010 when he died after a car collided with his patrol motorcycle. Cherished memories remain in the hearts of his family, wife Annemarie, son Kyler, daughter Hilary Erfurt and twin granddaughters, Reese and Rylee. Having lived in Abilene for many years and graduating from Cooper High School, Rodney’s countless friends will remember him fondly. At his service, Dr. Phil Christopher, pastor of Abilene’s First Baptist Church, said, “Rodney reminds us that there are heroes in this world and in this community.” Rodney Holder will always be remembered for his legacy of service.


  • Graduating senior or already enrolled in college as a full time student (12 hours)
  • Child of a Taylor County First Responder (Abilene firefighter, sworn Abilene Police Dept., sworn Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputies, APD-AFD Dispatchers, TCSO Public Safety Dispatchers)

Rodney Holder Memorial Scholarship
Award Amount Varies
Supplemental Questions
  1. Do you plan to be a full-time student (usually 12 hours/semester) at a U.S. college or university?
  2. Are you a child of an Abilene or Taylor County First Responder?
  3. What type of first responder is your parent/legal guardian?
  4. Are you a current graduating high school senior or an undergraduate student?
  5. Please submit a 250-300 word essay on the subject of being a servant to the community.