2019 Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship Contest

Applications must be received by online submission or postmarked by 5 p.m. (CST) March 29, 2019.

The 2019 Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship, in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken a leadership role to prevent litter in their school and/or community. Any Texas high school senior planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited Texas college or university next year and currently attending public, private, or home school in Texas may apply. One $8,000 Grand Prize scholarship, one $6,000 scholarship and two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded this June 18, 2019. Thank you to the 2019 scholarship sponsors: Moody Foundation, iHeart Media and PunchDrunk Digital.

Please fill out each item in this form. Only applications that are fully completed will be accepted.

  • Eligibility/Exclusions: 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), Moody Foundation, 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 30 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.

  • Drop files here or
    • Winners may be asked to participate in a brief video interview describing their litter prevention project.


      In submitting this application, I certify that the information provided is complete and accurate to the best of my knowledge. I give permission for my school counselor to be contacted as a reference if I am a finalist.

      For verification purposes, please include the names and phone numbers of at least two adult references (over the age of 18) who helped you and were a part of the efforts you described in the response section of your application.