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Two Weeks Left to Apply for Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 • Posted March 16, 2011

Texas high school seniors poised to win college cash

AUSTIN, Texas — With the March 28 deadline approaching, more than 150 Texas high school seniors have applied for the Don’t Mess with Texas scholarship.

With only two weeks left to compete for a win, students are encouraged to apply.

The 8th annual scholarship is sponsored by the 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.

"It is important that everyone — particularly our youth — take action to make our communities and our planet healthier and more sustainable," said Laura Ambrose, Responsible Care Leader for Dow Texas Operations and Keep Texas Beautiful Board Member. "We are proud to sponsor a program that encourages high school seniors to come up with great ideas for litter prevention while enabling the winners to get support in furthering their educations."

Don’t Mess with Texas, now in its 25th year, is the litter prevention campaign of the Texas Department of Transportation. The scholarship helps engage students about the importance of litter prevention.

"Similar to previous years, we anticipate that most entries will come closer to the March 28 deadline, and we hope to get our most applications yet — about 600," said TxDOT Travel Information Division Director Doris Howdeshell. "To rally schools, we also reached out to principals, counselors, and student council leaders to encourage student submissions."

Students in East Texas are edging out others, with 44 applications from that region, 39 applications from South Texas, 37 from North Texas, 34 from Central Texas, and four applications from West Texas.

How to Apply

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.

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.

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: Dow) combines the power of science and technology with the "Human Element" to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2010, Dow had annual sales of $53.7 billion and employed approximately 50,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at www.dow.com.

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