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Keep Texas Beautiful and Don’t mess with Texas® Offer Scholarship for Texas Students

March 04, 2014

AUSTIN — Keep Texas Beautiful and the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Don’t mess with Texas program are encouraging high school students across the state to share their litter prevention accomplishments. In an effort to promote positive litter habits among young Texans, the organizations partnered to announce the 11th annual Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship contest.

The Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship contest recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken leadership roles to prevent litter in their schools and/or communities and build awareness of the Don’t mess with Texas initiative. The contest, sponsored by real estate and oil and gas company Forestar and in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, is open to high school seniors currently attending public, private, or home school and planning to attend an accredited Texas university or college next year.

One $3,000 scholarship and two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded this spring to students planning to pursue a two- or four-year degree at an accredited university or college in Texas.

Applications are now being accepted for the scholarship. Applications must be submitted online or postmarked by midnight (CST) April, 4, 2014. Both digital and mailed applications will be accepted and will be judged based on student essays detailing creative solutions to litter problems.

“Texans 16 to 34 are the most likely to litter, so we want to shine a light on young Texans who are leading the charge to keep our state litter-free and beautiful,” said Cathie Gail, Executive Director, Keep Texas Beautiful.

Applications and information can be found at


Keep Texas Beautiful
Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), a statewide grassroots environmental and community improvement organization and affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, strives to educate and engage Texans to take responsibility for improving their community environment. KTB and its more than 360 affiliates work with government, businesses, civic groups and volunteers to ensure that every Texans has the opportunity to take individual responsibility for making Texas the cleanest, most beautiful state in the nation. For more information about KTB, visit, follow us on Twitter at @keeptxbeautiful and like us on Facebook at @keeptxbeautiful.

Texas Department of Transportation
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at Fan us on Facebook,; and follow us on Twitter, Don’t mess with Texas® is a registered trademark owned by the Texas Department of Transportation. For more information visit

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