Scholarships, prizes to be awarded for Don’t Mess With Texas contests

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The Don’t Mess With Texas campaign is holding two contests to award prizes and scholarships to Texas students who demonstrate efforts to raise litter prevention and awareness in their communities.

The 2020 Don’t Mess With Texas Scholarship Contest and the Don’t Mess With Texas K-12 School Art Contest are currently accepting applications and submissions.

“We are looking forward to rewarding students for their creativity and hard work in developing projects that keep their communities and Texas clean,” said Becky Ozuna, program administrator for the campaign.

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The scholarship contest is open to any Texas high school senior, whether public, private, or homeschool, and planning to attend an accredited college or university in the coming year. Applications for the scholarship contest must be received by March 31, 2020, by 5:00 p.m. Central Time.

The contest will award one scholarship at the $5,000 level, another at the $4,000 level, and another at the $3,000 level in May 2020. The scholarships will recognize the achievements of high school seniors who are taking an active role in preventing litter in their schools and communities.

The art contest seeks entries that are original artwork promoting the Don’t Mess With Texas and/or the Keep Texas Beautiful litter prevention messages.

Entry into the art contest is open to Texas students enrolled in kindergarten through the 12th grade. The top 14 winning designs will be featured in the calendar, and each winner will receive a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 tablet along with a Buc-ee’s gift basket. Teachers representing the winners will each get a $100 gift card from H-E-B/Central Market.

Applications for the art contest must be sent through the mail and postmarked before April 24, 2020.

Don’t Mess With Texas has been educating residents of the Lone Star State about litter prevention since 1986 as part of the Keep Texas Beautiful initiative. Don’t Mess With Texas also has a yearly “Trash-Off” community outreach event along with their Adopt-a-Highway volunteer program.