Deadline for applicants is: Monday, May 4th
Applicants will be notified by: Monday, May 18th
For questions or to submit application contact: Sable Coleman: (972) 398-9416 or Sable.Coleman@senate.state.tx.us
OFFICE OF STATE SENATOR VAN TAYLOR
TEXAS ARMED SERVICES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM (TASSP) – 2014-2015 YEAR
The High School graduate must meet at least two of the following four academic criteria:
-Student is on track to graduate or graduated high school with the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).
-A high school GPA of 3.0 or higher.
-Must achieved a college readiness score on the SAT (1590) or ACT (23).
-Ranked in the top one-third of the prospective high school graduating class.
How much money is awarded:
-An amount not to exceed the cost of attendance when combined with the total amount to be paid to a student for that academic year for being under contract with one of the branches of the armed services of the United States.
An interested individual must first make the below commitment:
Complete four years of Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) for college.
Graduate no later than six years after the date first enrolled.
After graduation, enter into:
- A four year commitment to be a member of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas State Guard, United States Coast Guard, or United States Merchant Marine; or
- Contract to serve as a commissioned officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States.
Once a candidate has met these requirements, they need to send our office the following:
-Official High School transcript
-Letters of Recommendation (3, one of those needs to be from your JROTC officer if applicable)
-Brief Essay: Topic- "What does America mean to you?" (MLA Standard, 300 words min, 350 words max)
If awarded the scholarship and the commitments are not upheld, the grant will then be considered a loan and must be paid back. The way the grant will become a loan is if the student fails to:
-Maintain satisfactory academic progress.
-Fulfill any terms of the terms of the scholarship.
-Fulfill a four-year commitment to be a member of the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas State Guard, -United States Coast Guard, or United States Merchant Marine; or
-Contract to serve as a commissioned officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States.
a. Student will receive a "Notice of Selection" to turn into the Institution's financial aid office
b. The financial aid office will certify your program eligibility to the Higher Education Coordinating Board. Because program eligibility requirements include that you be enrolled in the institution and in the ROTC program at that institution, the financial aid office cannot provide their eligibility certification before those two criteria are met.
c. Once the Higher Education Coordinating Board receives the institution's eligibility certification, you will receive an email requesting you to complete your Texas Armed Services Scholarship application online at www.hhloans.com.