The Texas Department of Transportation and Keep Texas Beautiful are partnering to offer multiple scholarships to high school seniors who are actively leading efforts to prevent littering in their schools and communities.


The Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship contest is available to seniors currently attending any Texas public, private or home school, who also plan to attend an accredited Texas college or university in the coming year. The contest will award a single $6,000 scholarship and two $2,000 scholarships.


“We’re proud to offer the Don’t mess with Texas Scholarship to support higher education in Texas and recognize outstanding students who are using their creativity to beautify their communities,” Becky Ozuna, program administrator for TxDOT’s Don’t Mess with Texas campaign, said.


TxDOT started its Don’t Mess with Texas anti-littering campaign in 1986. The campaign includes the Adopt-a-Highway program as well as annual trash-off events hosted in communities throughout the state each spring. According to the Don’t Mess with Texas campaign website, one in four Texans admitted to littering last year and more than 435 million pieces of visible litter accumulate on Texas roadways each year. The most common forms of litter include food and organic material, cigarette butts and small pieces of paper, including receipts and gum wrappers.


Scholarship applications and additional information may be found by visiting www.dontmesswithtexas.org. All applications must be received through online submission or must be postmarked by 5 p.m. on April 20.