In June 2017 the Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation began a new scholarship named the Texas Hazardous Materials Education and Training Scholarship or simply TEXAS H.E.A.T.

The TEXAS H.E.A.T. annual scholarship is available to any hazardous materials emergency responder from the State of Texas. Funding is designated specifically for applicants to attend the International Association of Fire Chiefs Hazardous Materials Response Teams annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland. The conference is held in June and award applications are submitted in the spring.

Award criteria is currently being developed by the TEXAS H.E.A.T. Awards Committee. For more information contact Committee Chairman Larry D. Jantzen at

Accepting the first donation for TEXAS H.E.A.T., from left to right, Chris Hawley, (IAFC HazMat Conference Coordinator), Chief Bob Royall (IAFC Hazardous Materials Committee Chairman), Larry Jantzen (Assistant Chief, Austin, Texas Fire Department and Committee Chairman for TEXAS H.E.A.T.), and Mike Hildebrand, (President, Yvorra Leadership Development Foundation)