Education Overview

DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS OFFERS A RANGE OF FUN ACTIVITIES TO INSPIRE STUDENTS TO HELP KEEP THEIR COMMUNITIES LITTER-FREE.

Use your writing skills to win tuition money, and showcase your creativity in our annual art contest! Learn more about how to get involved and make an impact.

Scholarships

The Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship recognizes the achievements of Texas high school seniors who take a leadership role in preventing litter in their schools and communities. Any Texas high school senior planning to attend an accredited Texas college or university next year may apply. Student essays should describe creative and sustainable solutions to prevent litter and build awareness of the Don’t mess with Texas initiative.

Art Contest

The registration period for the 2019 Scholarship Contest is now closed. Thanks to all who participated and congratulations to our winners. Please check back later for more information about the 2020 scholarship program.

Mural Contest

The 2019 Don’t mess with Texas® Mural Contest, recognizes Texans who are passionate about preventing litter in their community. Texas residents of Baytown, Houston, and San Angelo and the contiguous counties who are 18 years of age and older may apply. This includes residents in the following counties: Tom Green, Coke, Concho, Irion, Menard, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Sterling, Harris, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller. One winner will be selected from each of the three markets and will have their original artwork turned into a Mural in their city. Winners will also receive a digital camera, an original Don’t mess with Texas® barrel with their winning artwork design, and Don’t mess with Texas® swag, valued at approximately $1,100. Winners will be announced in January 2020.