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There is a scholarship (or many scholarships) out there for everyone. Every student has some skill, interest, experience, or characteristic that may make them an attractive candidate for one scholarship or another. And while we often refer to scholarships as “free money,” scholarships don’t actually come for free. It takes work to thoughtfully consider your strengths and research the scholarships that might be most appropriate for you. While the effort that goes into finding and winning scholarships may be akin to a part-time job, we at College Coach want to make your job a little easier. This on-going scholarship series highlights a new scholarship each week. Check out the below, along with the other posts in the series, and you may discover a funding resource that will make covering that college bill a little (or a lot!) easier.

In partnership with the Keep Texas Beautiful campaign, this college scholarship rewards high school students who have personally tackled the problem of littering with some serious green (for college).  Student leaders will be asked to explain their efforts to curb littering in their local communities and how they have worked to build sustainable solutions for future generations of Texans.

Scholarship: Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship

Awarding Organization: Texas Department of Transportation

Amount: $6,000 grand prize, $2,000 runner-up prizes

Number of Scholarships Awarded: Three scholarships total (one grand prize and two runner-up prizes)

Eligible Students:  Texas high school seniors who are planning on enrolling at an in-state college or university in the fall. All applicants should be local community leaders in their litter prevention role.

How to Apply:  Complete the online application and submit a 300-350 word essay describing how your actions support the “Don’t Mess with Texas” litter prevention and beautification message. You must include statistics and measurable results that show the overall impact of your efforts. Include specifics such as number of hours and volunteers, as well as the amount of space cleared or trash collected. Additional documentation to support your work efforts may be required.

Deadline: April 20

Website: http://www.dontmesswithtexas.org/education/scholarships/

Best of luck, and please see the awarding organization’s website for full scholarship details and requirements.

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Written by Robyn Stewart
Robyn Stewart is a member of College Coach’s team of college finance experts. Prior to joining College Coach, she worked as a former financial aid officer at College of the Holy Cross.