State Representative Greg Bonnen, MD accepting Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program applications
Austin, TX- Nominations for the 2014-2015 Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) have opened for next year’s class (fall 2014/spring 2015 academic year). Students are encouraged to become members of the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, the Texas State Guard, the United States Coast Guard, the United States Merchant Marine, or commissioned officers in any branch of the armed services of the United States. These annual awards of a maximum of $10,000 each may make a difference in the life a high achieving student.
Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program
The Texas Legislature created the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) to encourage students to participate in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs at civilian colleges. A student must meet specific eligibility criteria in order to receive an initial award. In addition to the eligibility criteria, a student must enter into an agreement requiring a four year commitment as a member of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas State Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Marine or a commissioned officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States. Annually, the governor and the lieutenant governor may each appoint two students, and each state senator and each state representative may appoint one student to receive a conditional TASSP. A maximum of 185 students may be appointed annually. A student may receive up to $10,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year and dependent on funding available, students may receive up to four years of awards.
Eligibility for Nomination
In order to be considered for a TASSP, a student enrolling in higher education straight from high school must meet two of the following four academic criteria at the time of application:
•Be on track to graduate, or has graduated high school with the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB);
•Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
•Achieve a college readiness score on the SAT (1590) or ACT (23);
•Be ranked in the top one-third of the prospective high school graduating class.
Students must be enrolled in a college or university in the fall 2014/spring 2015 academic year in order to be nominated for a TASSP during the current nomination cycle.
For more information on specific requirements, please visit http://hhloans.com and click on the “Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP)” link.
“This scholarship is an opportunity for Texas to give back to students who will serve their nation in the military.” said Rep. Bonnen. “I look forward to nominating a student from House District 24.”