AUSTIN - Texas high school seniors who care about the environment have the chance to win a college scholarship by composing a 350-word essay explaining what they’ve done to improve the litter situation in their community.

The ninth annual Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship is sponsored by BASF Corporation’s Freeport, Texas, location in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful. Don’t Mess with Texas is accepting essays for the 2012 Scholarship through April 20.

The first-place winner will receive $3,000. The second- and third-place winners will receive $1,000 each.

“The scholarship requires students to write an essay explaining the litter prevention efforts they’ve made in their community, and we’re always impressed with how hard many high school students work to keep Texas beautiful,” said Brenda Flores-Dollar, program administrator for TxDOT’s Travel Information Division, which manages the Don’t Mess with Texas campaign.


• Any high school senior graduating spring 2012, who currently resides and attends school in Texas

• Seniors planning to further their education at an accredited two- or four-year college or university (public or private) in Texas


• A 300 to 350 word-essay identifying a litter problem in the student’s school or community and the action he or she took to address it

• A completed Don’t Mess with Texas Scholarship application sent online or by mail with the essay by April 20. For the application, mailing address or further details, visit