House Representative

Dale, Tony

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 04/15/2014

Representative Tony Dale Announces Texas Armed Service Scholarship Opportunity

CEDAR PARK - State Representative Tony Dale today announced a scholarship opportunity for eligible High School students within House District 136. The Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) was created to encourage students to participate in Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) programs at civilian colleges.

In addition to the eligibility criteria, a student must enter into an agreement for 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. A student may receive up to $10,000 for the 2014-2015 academic year, and depending on available funds, a student may receive up to four years of awards.

To be eligible, a student must meet academic criteria including:

• Be on track to graduate high school in a Distinguished Achievement Program or International Baccalaureate program.
• A GPA of 3.0 or higher.
• Ranked in the top third of the graduating class.
• SAT score of 1590 or ACT score of 23.

To receive the initial scholarship, a student must:
• Be appointed by one of the following elected officials:
o State Representative
o State Senator
o Lieutenant Governor
o Governor
• Enroll in the ROTC program of an eligible Texas institution of higher education.

Scholarship Recipients will also be contractually committed to:
• Remain in ROTC for four years.
• Graduate within five years.
• Enter Guard service or accept a commission with the armed services within six months of graduation from college.
• Meet program physical fitness requirements.

"As a U.S. Army veteran and graduate of Army ROTC I know first hand the value of a scholarship like this. Not only is it a great financial opportunity for local students, but the military creates leaders who not only thrive academically, but are prepared to lead our next generation of patriots, “ said Dale.

Interested students that live in House District 136 in southwestern Williamson County who meet the criteria and are interested in the scholarship should send a resume, cover letter and proof of academic eligibility to my District Director, Greg Bentch.

Applications may be submitted by mail or email and must be received no later than Wednesday, July 10th, 2014.

You can submit your application by email to: Greg.Bentch@house.state.tx.us

Mailed items can be sent to:

State Representative Tony Dale
c/o: Greg Bentch
TASSP
E1.4.10 P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0696