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Capitol Watch: Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program
By State Representative Larry Phillips
Apr 13, 2018
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In 2009, the legislature passed House Bill 3452, which created the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program.  This program is designed to encourage students to participate in Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs at colleges.  A student must meet specific eligibility criteria in order to receive an initial scholarship award, and must enter into a four-year commitment as a member of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air Force National Guard, or as a commissioned officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States.

Students can receive up to $4,000, but the amount may vary from year to year depending on the number of recipients.  Every year, the governor and lieutenant governor may each appoint two students, and each state senator and state representative may appoint one student to receive a scholarship, on the condition that the student satisfies all other requirements.  A maximum of 185 students per year may be appointed.

In order to be considered for a Texas Armed Services Scholarship, a student must meet at least two of the following academic criteria: is on track to graduate high school with the Distinguished Level of Achievement Program or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB); has a current high school GPA of 3.0 or higher; achieves a college readiness score on the SAT of at least 1070 or on the ACT of 23; or is currently ranked in the top third of the graduating class.  

Additionally, a student must agree to complete four years of ROTC training; graduate within 6 years after date enrolled; within 6 months of graduating provide verification of a commitment to the Texas National Guard or a branch of the U.S. armed services; and agree to repay the scholarship if the student fails to meet these requirements.

Please contact Sara Hays in the Austin office at Sara.Hays@house.texas.gov  or at 512-463-0297 for more information on this scholarship. Interested students can also learn more about the scholarship through the Higher Education Coordinating Board's website at www.hhloans.com.