For grades 9-12 AND all Alumni

“Are you Interested in military options and scholarships? Look into the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program”

 

The Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) is accepting applications through Friday, June 29. The Texas Armed Services Scholarship was created by the Texas Legislature to encourage students to participate in Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs at Texas colleges and provides select students with up to four years of scholarship awards.

 

Students who wish to apply 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 fully-commissioned officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States.

Additionally, interested applicants must meet two (2) out of the following four (4) academic criteria to qualify:

 

Be on track to graduate, or has graduated high school, and complete the curriculum requirements of the Distinguished Level of Achievement Plan [NOTE: HSAC graduation plans default to DLA Plans; see your Counselor for details or questions about graduation plans];

Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale [either weighted or unweighted, whichever is better];

Achieve a college readiness score on the SAT (1070) or ACT (23); or,

Be ranked in the top one-third of the prospective high school graduating class.

 

Non-freshman college students can apply for the scholarship if they:

 

Maintain satisfactory academic progress as determined by the institution of in which the student is enrolled;

Continue to be a member of a ROTC program; and

Have not earned a baccalaureate degree or a cumulative total of 150 credit hours, including transferred hours.

For more information or to receive an application, please contact our Capitol Office at (512) 463-0464 or email cindy.burkett@house.texas.gov. To be considered, completed applications should be submitted by Friday, June 29th and include a transcript and a letter detailing your interests in the armed services and which institution of higher education you will be attending.

 

Initial Eligibility:

Students must be appointed by the governor, lieutenant governor, state senator or state representative;

enroll in a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) or another undergraduate officer commissioning program while enrolled in the institution, as certified by the institution;

complete school initiated TASSP application by Oct. 15, 2018;

agree to complete four years of ROTC training or the equivalent of four years of ROTC training if the institution awards ROTC credit for prior service in any branch of the U.S. Armed Services or the Texas Armed National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas State Guard, United States Coast Guard, or United States Merchant Marine, or another undergraduate officer commissioning program;

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;

repay the scholarship if the requirements are not met;

meet the satisfactory academic progress requirements set by the institution.

 

Continued Eligibility Requirements:

To maintain eligibility for future awards, the student must:

maintain satisfactory academic progress;

continue to be a member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC);

not have earned a baccalaureate degree or completed a cumulative total 150 hours.

 

How Much Can Be Awarded?

The amount of the award will be the lesser of

$4,000; or

an amount not to exceed the student’s cost of attendance less 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 and other financial assistance.

 

A student may receive a scholarship for four of the six years allowed for graduation.

 

Repayment:

A scholarship will become a loan if the student fails to:

maintain satisfactory academic progress;

fulfill any of the terms of the scholarship;

fulfill a four-year commitment to be a member of the Texas Army 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.

 

How Can I Apply?

You will need to be selected by a Texas senator or representative or the lieutenant governor or governor. If you are interested in this program and you feel you meet the program requirements, you should contact your legislator for more information.