House Representative

Leach, Jeff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/11/2016

State Representative Jeff Leach is now accepting applications for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program

PLANO – State Representative Jeff Leach has announced that his office is now accepting applications for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP), which offers a conditional scholarship to a deserving student dedicated to education and military service.

Stated Leach, "Through this program, many selfless, hardworking Texans will fulfill their goals of becoming servant leaders of our country. I consider it an honor to play a small role in their success."

Created in 2009 by the 81st Legislature, the TASSP was designed to financially assist post-secondary students by encouraging them to become members of the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, the United States Coast Guard, the United States Merchant Marine, or to become commissioned officers in any branch of the armed services of the United States. Each year the Texas Governor and Lieutenant Governor may appoint up to two students, and each Texas State Senator and State Representative may appoint one student.

The TASSP provides recipients with a conditional scholarship for up to four years, depending on available state funding. To be eligible, the student must fulfill two of the following four requirements:

1. On track to graduate or has graduated high school with the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB);
2. Has a current high school GPA of 3.0 or higher or graduated with a GPA of 3.0 or higher;
3. Is currently ranked in the top third of their respective high school graduating class or graduated in the top third of their graduating class;
4. Has achieved a college readiness score on the SAT (1070, adjusted scoring range) or ACT (23).

Students must be enrolled in a college or university in the 2016-2017 academic year in order to be nominated for a TASSP during the current nomination cycle. Upon meeting the aforementioned requirements, all interested candidates should contact Mary McClure to request an application at Mary.McClure@house.texas.gov or (972) 424-1419. Completed applications are due June 13, 2016.