Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Don’t mess with Texas program are encouraging high school students across the state to share their litter prevention accomplishments.
In an effort to promote positive litter habits among young Texans, the organizations partnered to announce the 11th annual Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship contest. The Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship contest recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken leadership roles to prevent litter in their schools and/ or communities and build awareness of the Don’t mess with Texas initiative.
The contest, sponsored by real estate and oil and gas company Forestar and in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, is open to high school seniors currently attending public, private, or home school and planning to attend an accredited Texas university or college next year. One $3,000 scholarship and two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded this spring to students planning to pursue a two- or four year degree at an accredited university or college in Texas. Applications are now being accepted for the scholarship. Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by midnight (CST) April, 4, 2014.
Both digital and mailed applications will be accepted and will be judged based on student essays detailing creative solutions to litter problems. “Texans 16 to 34 are the most likely to litter, so we want to shine a light on young Texans who are leading the charge to keep our state litter-free and beautiful,” said Cathie Gail, Executive Director, Keep Texas Beautiful. Applications and information can be found at http://www.dontmesswithtexas.org/.