Don't Mess with Texas scholarship open to high school seniors

March 19, 2012 at 4:01 p.m.
Updated March 18, 2012 at 10:19 p.m.

Texas high school seniors have the chance to win a college scholarship by composing a 350-word essay explaining what they've done to improve the litter situation in their community.

The ninth annual Don't Mess with Texas scholarship is sponsored by BASF Corporation's Freeport location in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful.

The first-place winner will receive $3,000. Second and third-place winners will receive $1,000 each.

Don't Mess with Texas is a litter prevention campaign sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation. The scholarship is one of the agency's efforts to generate more youth involvement in the campaign.

Any high school senior graduating this spring, who currently lives in and attends school in Texas or seniors planning to further their education at an accredited two - or four-year college or university, public or private, in Texas is eligible to apply.

Materials are due via email or must be postmarked by April 20.

Applicants must submit a 300 to 350 word-essay identifying a litter problem in the student's school or community and the action he or she took to address it along with a completed Don't Mess with Texas scholarship application sent online or by mail with the essay. For the application, mailing address or further details, visit



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