El Paso County Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated October 2013

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

Contact:
El Paso Firemen & Policemen’s Pension Fund (Members Only)
201 E. Main, Suite 1616
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: (915) 771-8111
Fax: (915) 779-6693
Website: elpasofireandpolice.org

Death benefits are available for the qualified spouse, qualified child(ren), or beneficiary of an active member. To be considered a qualified spouse of an active member, the widow or widower must have been married to the member prior to his/her death. To be considered a qualified child(ren) of an active member, the surviving unmarried dependent must meet one of the following requirements:

The surviving unmarried dependent must be under the age of nineteen (19).
Between the ages of nineteen and twenty-three, the surviving unmarried dependent must be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited university, technical or trade school approved by the Board.
The surviving unmarried dependent of any age must be deemed physically disabled and non-self supporting by the Board of Trustees or declared mentally incompetent by a court of competent jurisdiction for as long as the incompetence or disability exists.

If a deceased retired member does not have a qualified spouse or child(ren), a death benefit may be paid to the deceased member’s beneficiary.

* No specific dollar amount listed. Please contact the El Paso Firemen & Policemen’s Pension Fund with all inquiries.


WORKER’S COMPENSATION

Contact:
City of El Paso Department of Human Resources
Workers’ Compensation
2 Civic Center Plaza
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: (915) 541-4000
Website: elpasotexas.gov

Contact the City of El Paso Workers’ Compensation division with all inquiries.


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Contact:
El Paso Firemen & Policemen’s Pension Fund (Members Only)
201 E. Main, Suite 1616
El Paso, TX 79901
Phone: (915) 771-8111
Fax: (915) 779-6693
Website: elpasofireandpolice.org

Please contact the El Paso Firemen & Policemen’s Pension Fund with all inquiries.


EDUCATION BENEFITS – CHILDREN

Contact:
El Paso Association of Fire Fighters
L-51 Scholarship Fund
3112 Forney Lane
El Paso, TX 79935

FUNDING AND DISBURSEMENTS

  1. The base of the funds shall be established from money taken from contributions to the Scholarship Fund or fundraisers from members within the Local.
  2. In the event that no funds are available in the Scholarship fund for the award of one scholarship, the Local shall donate seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) to the El Paso Association of Fire Fighters, L-51 Scholarship Fund.
  3. Fifty percent (50%) of funds received into this fund, plus any accrued interest, shall be given out as scholarships. The remaining fifty percent (50%) of monies received into the fund shall remain as the base fund.
  4. The maximum base fund shall be limited to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00). Funds exceeding this amount shall be given out as scholarships. This limit shall increase by ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) for each additional 100 Local members above 500.
  5. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to place the monies of the scholarship fund in investments that are either insured or those which are secured by the Federal Government.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. The President of Local 51 shall establish a committee of no more than nine (9) members and no less than five (5) members in good standing. The President shall appoint said committee during the March Board of Directors meeting of each year to:
    1. Receive names of scholarship applicants.
    2. Screen applicants for eligibility. The committee has the authority to verify eligibility of all applicants.
    3. Determine the number of scholarships to be awarded with the minimum scholarship amount set at seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00).
  2. Sons, daughters, dependent children and spouses of members of the Local in good standing are eligible. Employees of the El Paso Fire Department are not eligible for scholarships.
  3. Scholarships to be awarded accordingly:
    1. 80% of all scholarships will be awarded to sons, daughters, or dependent children, who must be no older than twenty three (23) years of age at the time of application for the scholarship.
    2. 20% of all scholarships shall be awarded to eligible spouses. In the event there are no eligible spouses, the 20% reverts back to Section C, 1.
  4. Applicants must maintain a 2.5 GPA during the term or semester in which this scholarship is awarded or they will be indebted to the scholarship fund of the Local for the entire amount of the scholarship. GPA is to be verified by the Board of Directors.

METHOD OF AWARDING SCHOLARSHIPS

  1. Applicants must submit names by April 1st of each year to any member of the scholarship committee.
  2. Only one scholarship shall be awarded to each Fire Fighters family per year.
    1. In the event a Fire Fighter submitting several family member’s names for a scholarship, the first name drawn from that family shall receive the scholarship.
    2. Subsequent family members become ineligible for that year.
  3. Names shall be drawn at the Board of Directors meeting in April by any disinterested member.
  4. Applicants which have their name drawn must provide proof of enrollment in an accredited college, university or certified trade school.
  5. In order for an applicant to receive his or her scholarship, they must submit a copy of a transcript or tuition payment for a minimum of nine (9) hours in the Fall or Spring session or six (6) hours for a Summer session.
  6. Scholarships are only applicable for the calendar year for which they are awarded. (April 1st through March 31st). Any scholarship not distributed in that calendar year will be awarded the following scholarship period.

EDUCATION BENEFITS – SPOUSE

Contact:
El Paso Association of Fire Fighters
L-51 Scholarship Fund
3112 Forney Lane
El Paso, TX 79935

FUNDING AND DISBURSEMENTS

  1. The base of the funds shall be established from money taken from contributions to the Scholarship Fund or fundraisers from members within the Local.
  2. In the event that no funds are available in the Scholarship fund for the award of one scholarship, the Local shall donate seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00) to the El Paso Association of Fire Fighters, L-51 Scholarship Fund.
  3. Fifty percent (50%) of funds received into this fund, plus any accrued interest, shall be given out as scholarships. The remaining fifty percent (50%) of monies received into the fund shall remain as the base fund.
  4. The maximum base fund shall be limited to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00). Funds exceeding this amount shall be given out as scholarships. This limit shall increase by ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) for each additional 100 Local members above 500.
  5. The Board of Directors shall have the authority to place the monies of the scholarship fund in investments that are either insured or those which are secured by the Federal Government.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. The President of Local 51 shall establish a committee of no more than nine (9) members and no less than five (5) members in good standing. The President shall appoint said committee during the March Board of Directors meeting of each year to:
    1. Receive names of scholarship applicants.
    2. Screen applicants for eligibility. The committee has the authority to verify eligibility of all applicants.
    3. Determine the number of scholarships to be awarded with the minimum scholarship amount set at seven hundred fifty dollars ($750.00).
  2. Sons, daughters, dependent children and spouses of members of the Local in good standing are eligible. Employees of the El Paso Fire Department are not eligible for scholarships.
  3. Scholarships to be awarded accordingly:
    1. 80% of all scholarships will be awarded to sons, daughters, or dependent children, who must be no older than twenty three (23) years of age at the time of application for the scholarship.
    2. 20% of all scholarships shall be awarded to eligible spouses. In the event there are no eligible spouses, the 20% reverts back to Section C, 1.
  4. Applicants must maintain a 2.5 GPA during the term or semester in which this scholarship is awarded or they will be indebted to the scholarship fund of the Local for the entire amount of the scholarship. GPA is to be verified by the Board of Directors.

METHOD OF AWARDING SCHOLARSHIPS

  1. Applicants must submit names by April 1st of each year to any member of the scholarship committee.
  2. Only one scholarship shall be awarded to each Fire Fighters family per year.
    1. In the event a Fire Fighter submitting several family member’s names for a scholarship, the first name drawn from that family shall receive the scholarship.
    2. Subsequent family members become ineligible for that year.
  3. Names shall be drawn at the Board of Directors meeting in April by any disinterested member.
  4. Applicants which have their name drawn must provide proof of enrollment in an accredited college, university or certified trade school.
  5. In order for an applicant to receive his or her scholarship, they must submit a copy of a transcript or tuition payment for a minimum of nine (9) hours in the Fall or Spring session or six (6) hours for a Summer session.
  6. Scholarships are only applicable for the calendar year for which they are awarded. (April 1st through March 31st). Any scholarship not distributed in that calendar year will be awarded the following scholarship period.

 


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