AUSTIN, Texas — Texas high school seniors have until March 28 to apply for the Don’t Mess with Texas scholarship.
The 8th annual scholarship is sponsored by Dow Chemical Company in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. The first-place winner will receive $3,000. The second- and third-place winners will receive $1,000 each. Don’t Mess with Texas is the litter prevention campaign of the Texas Department of Transportation.
The scholarship is one of TxDOT’s efforts to generate more youth involvement in Don’t Mess with Texas, since research shows that age is the number-one predictor of littering behavior, with Texans ages 16-34 littering the most.
Any Texas high school senior who will attend a two- or four-year Texas college or university can apply. For the essay prompt, application, rules, and background information, visit http://dontmesswithtexas.org/programs/scholarship/. Winners will be notified in April.
2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the Don’t Mess with Texas campaign.
About Don’t Mess with Texas
Don’t Mess with Texas has been educating Texans about litter prevention since 1986. TxDOT’s litter prevention program includes Adopt-a-Highway and a grassroots partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. Don’t Mess with Texas activities also include a spring "Trash-Off," community outreach, a scholarship, a corporate partner program, and a photo album where Texans can share their iconic Texas images. For more information, visit www.DontMessWithTexas.org. TxDOT’s goals are to prepare for the future, enhance safety, maintain the transportation system, relieve congestion, enhance connectivity, and work with partners to identify funding strategies.
For more information, visit www.txdot.gov.