Don't Mess with Texas Scholarship

Scholarship Value: $5,000
Awards Available: 3

The Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship Contest is now accepting applications for the 2023 school year. Any Texas high school senior currently attending public, private or home school and planning to attend an accredited Texas college or university in the Fall 2023 semester is eligible to apply.

Scholarship applicants must be current residents of Texas. Employees and their immediate families (spouses, parents, siblings, children, and each of their respective spouses or people living in same household of each) of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), GDC Marketing & Ideation (GDC) and other sponsors are not eligible to participate. By submitting the application and supporting documentation, you acknowledge and understand that the work will become the property of TxDOT/KTB upon submission. 

Furthermore, you grant permission to TxDOT/KTB to use the application and supporting documentation for any purpose associated with the Don't mess with Texas anti-litter campaign. No obligation or liability is assumed by TxDOT in connection with any scholarship. Don't mess with Texas® is a registered service mark and trademark owned by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Scholarship Responses

For over 35 years, 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. Please answer the following short answer questions in 50-100 words each.

Answer Considerations

  • Describe how you personally made a difference to reduce litter in your community.
  • Tell us what inspired you.
  • Explain how your project made a sustainable impact and how it can grow in the future.
  • Highlight the ideas that make your project unique.
  • If your project involves recycling, be sure to show how your efforts reduce trash and litter.
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