AUSTIN - High school seniors who plan on entering a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program their freshman year of college are encouraged to apply for a $10,000 scholarship through Representative Harvey Hilderbran’s office.
Hilderbran will award one 2010 graduate from District 53 with the funds through the Texas Armed Forces Scholarship Program, which allows state representatives and senators each to choose one student from their district to receive the award. The governor and lieutenant governor also select two individuals from throughout the state for the honor.
"This scholarship provides a big boost to those students who are already planning to give back to the state by participating in ROTC," Hilderbran said. "These young men and women are preparing to serve Texas and their country, and it is an honor to be able to assist them in that goal."
The scholarship is available to high school seniors entering an ROTC program at any public or private civilian college in Texas in fall 2010 who meet certain academic criteria set forth by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Students must meet two of four standards: a grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, a score of 1590 or higher on the SAT or 23 on the ACT, a ranking in the top one-third of their prospective graduating class, and/or on track to graduate from the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).
In order to remain eligible for the scholarship, the student must enter into a written agreement with the state coordinating board in which they agree to complete four years of ROTC training, graduate within five years, and meet all prescreening requirements of the Texas Army or Air Force National Guard, or a branch of the armed services.
Additionally, within six months of graduation, the student must provide the board with verification of a four-year commitment to the state national guard or a contract to serve as a commissioned officer in the armed forces.
Depending upon available funding in the state budget, selected students may continue to receive funds in subsequent years if they maintain satisfactory academic progress, continue as a member of the ROTC program, and have not yet earned a baccalaureate degree or 150 credit hours.
Hilderbran also stressed the importance of applicants working directly with the ROTC program at their college or university to navigate the admissions process.
To apply, students must submit the application form, three letters of recommendation, an essay, their high school transcript, a copy of their SAT or ACT report, and two passport photos by March 3, 2010.
Students can request more information and an application packet from Hilderbran’s office directly by calling 512-463-0536 or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.