Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship

Need money to help with college expenses? Passionate about litter prevention in your community? Enter the Don't mess with Texas Scholarship Contest for a chance to win a $6,000 grand prize scholarship or one of two $2,000 scholarship awards! Sponsored by Forestar and in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, the Don't mess with Texas Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken a leadership role to prevent litter in their schools and communities and build awareness of the Don't mess with Texas initiative. Scholarships are awarded based on student essays submitted with applications. Since 1986, Don't mess with Texas has reminded people to keep litter off Texas roads. Litter is defined as trash that is left on the ground in a public place or on a roadway, rather than in a trash receptacle. The most commonly littered items are wrappers, packaging, cans, and cigarette butts. These trash items create an unsightly mess that is costly to clean up.In 300-350 words, describe how your actions support the Don't mess with Texas litter prevention and beautification message. How did you identify a specific litter-related problem in your school or community? What creative and/or sustainable solution did you develop to address the problem of trash? What motivated you? How did you motivate others not to litter? Please include any statistics or results that show the impact of your effort.You may submit a handwritten or typed essay along with the application. You may also provide up to three (3) additional documents or photos that support your essay. Winners may be asked to participate in a brief video interview describing their litter prevention project. For more details and to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

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Award Amount: $6,000
Competitive: Yes
Essay required: Yes

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