The submission period for the Scholarship Contest is now closed. Thanks to all who participated. The winners will be announced in June 2017.
The Don’t mess with Texas® Scholarship recognizes the achievements of high school seniors who have taken leadership roles to prevent litter in their schools and communities and build awareness of the Don’t mess with Texas initiative.
To all the high school students who applied for the 2017 Scholarship, thank you! We will be announcing the winners in June. Please see below for 2016 winners and their projects.
Grand Prize Winner
Nely Muñoz, Utopia High School, Utopia, TX
After seeing litter on the road during long bus rides from her home in Vanderpool to Utopia High School, Nely was inspired to make a difference. She walked more than 20 miles to clean up litter along Hwy 187, picking up 2,171 cans, 200 plastic bottles, 75 feedbags, and 670 pounds of trash. To ensure that her project was sustainable and that the road stayed clean, she recruited local businesses to adopt the stretch of highway between Vanderpool and Utopia through the Texas Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program.
"It is my honor to be doing something to try and conserve our planet and keep it clean."
– Nely Muñoz
Eugena Choice, Dulles High School, Sugar Land, TX
All through high school Eugena was involved in environmental club activities, but she wanted to do more. So she joined the Keep Sugar Land Beautiful Youth Advisory Board and initiated litter cleanup efforts in Sugar Land Memorial Park. Eugena and her team of volunteers prepared and distributed flyers about the impact of litter, successfully enlisting community support and becoming role models for their young neighbors.
"I will definitely continue to work towards my goal of educating others about keeping our environment clean."
– Eugena Choice
Destiny Scaief, Woden High School, Woden, TX
Destiny grew her high school’s first recycling club into a program that made a huge impact on campus. She helped build excitement among the student body and encouraged peers to get involved and begin recycling on a regular basis. The local elementary school expressed interest in starting a program as well. Destiny went on to become president of the Environmental Science Club, which held weekly collections, ultimately gathering more than 3,000 pounds of trash and recyclables.
"We are seeing an impact as trash on the road becomes recycled products in our bins. Litterbugs everywhere will soon know, you Don’t mess with Texas."
– Destiny Scaief