2020 Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship Contest

Applications must be received by online submission by 5 p.m. (CST) March 31, 2020.

The 2020 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 college or university next year and currently attending public, private, or home school in Texas may apply. One $5,000 scholarship, one $4,000 scholarship and one $3,000 scholarship will be awarded this June 18, 2020. Thank you to the 2020 scholarship sponsors: Buc-ee’s, iHeart Media and the Astros Foundation.

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

  • 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, iHeartMedia, The Astros Foundation, Buc-ee’s and other sponsors are not eligible to participate.

  • 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.


  • Describe how you personally made a difference.
  • Tell us what inspired you to help improve your community.
  • Explain how your project made a sustainable impact and how it can grow in the future.
  • Highlight the ideas that make your project unique.
  • Don’t mess with Texas reminds Texans to put trash in the can! If your project involves recycling, be sure to show how your efforts reduce trash and litter.
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    • 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.

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