House Representative

Koop, Linda

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06/06/2016

Representative Linda Koop Announces Opportunity to Apply for Texas Armed Services Scholarship

Dallas, Texas- State Representative Linda Koop is pleased to announce that her office is currently accepting applications for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) for the Fall 2016/Spring 2017 academic year.

The Texas Legislature created the TASSP to encourage students to become commissioned officers in any branch of the armed services of the United States or members of Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas State Guard, the United States Coast Guard, or the United States Merchant Marine.

"It is an honor to be able to nominate a hard-working, dedicated young leader in our state to help him or her achieve their goal of serving our country," Koop stated.
Each year, the governor and lieutenant governor may each appoint two students, and each state senator and state representative may appoint one student to receive an initial conditional scholarship. Following nomination, the Higher Education Coordinating Board determines the award amount based on available funding. These annual awards may make a difference in the life of a high achieving student.

Who can apply?

To be eligible, applicants must enroll in a Texas public or private accredited institution of higher education, commit to four years of training through the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program, and plan to enter the Armed Services upon graduation. Nominees must meet two of the following four academic criteria:

• Be on track to graduate or graduated high school with the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB)
• Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
• Achieve a college readiness score on the SAT (1590) or ACT (23)
• Be ranked in the top one-third of the prospective high school graduating class

Eligible students are encouraged to contact Rep. Koop's office at 512-463-0454 or e-mail Ashley.Mann@house.texas.gov for information on application requirements. Applications will be accepted through August 1, 2016. More information about the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program can be found at www.hhloans.com.