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
Jaideep Patil, Plano West Senior High School, Plano TX
Jaideep created two organizations to spearhead changes in his community: Green Team and the Plano West Sustainability and Conservation Club. This club dedicated a total of 254 hours and cleaned 5 different parks, covering a total of 22 miles and collected 50 bags of trash, amounting to 1000 pounds of litter. Recently, Jaideep gave a TEDx Plano talk on the impact of pollution and refuse on the community. He plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study Chemical Engineering.
“I challenge each of you to dedicate just two hours a month to join a local litter clean up. I think you would be quite surprised to learn about the impact we have on our surroundings. And, these clean ups are also a great deal of fun as well.”
– Jaideep Patil
Caitlin Boggs, Winston Churchill High School, San Antonio, TX
As president of the school’s Interact Club, she encouraged the civic-minded group to become involved in reducing litter around the school by creating and advertising electronic informational flyers on litter prevention to the school’s 3000-plus student body. Caitlin also organized a cleanup project along a 3-mile stretch of the Guadalupe river. Through this effort she, along with 4 other volunteers, picked up over 830 cans, 721 cigarette buds, 750 bottles, 25 diapers, and a plethora of other miscellaneous items; filling over 20 thirty-gallon trash bags. She plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin to study Biochemistry.
Alexander Sholmire, Texas City High School, Texas City, TX
Alexander has grown up enjoying the environment of the Texas Coastline. Maintaining the cleanliness of the marsh/wetlands of the Texas Coastline. He and his family participate in the annual “Trash Bash” along the coast collecting, disposing, or recycling more than 54 tons of trash and 1.5 tons of recyclable materials. Alexander plans to attend Texas A&M College Station to study Political Science.