Rep. Parker accepting applications for armed services scholarship

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State Rep. Tan Parker

State Representative Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound) announced this week that his office is accepting applications for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) until July 5.

This scholarship program affords each member of the Texas Legislature the opportunity to annually nominate one student who is participating in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs while attending a Texas college and meets specific eligibility criteria, according to a news release from Parker’s office. Depending on available program funding, a recipient may receive the annual scholarship for up to four years.

“There is no higher calling for our nation’s youth than to serve our country,” Parker said. “This scholarship program provides area students with an incredible opportunity to further their education while also receiving necessary training for the purpose of succeeding in their future military endeavors. I am also pleased with the actions taken by the Texas Legislature to increase the annual awards for the scholarship to a maximum of $10,000 per year for new and continuing students.”

To be considered for nomination, an applicant must meet two of the following four academic criteria:

  1. Be on track to graduate, or has graduated high school with the Distinguished Achievement Program or the International Baccalaureate Program;
  2. Have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale;
  3. Achieve a college readiness score on the SAT (1070) or ACT (23);
  4. Be ranked in the top one-third of the prospective high school graduating class.

Once an applicant meets the above requirements for nomination, a scholarship recipient must be enrolled in a Texas public or private accredited institution of higher education, remain a member of an ROTC program while attending school, and graduate with a degree within six years while maintaining academic standards. Additionally, the recipient must enter into an agreement requiring a four year commitment to the Texas Army National Guard, Texas Air National Guard, Texas State Guard, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Merchant Marine, or as a commissioned officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States following graduation.

For more information on the scholarship program and to initiate the application process, contact Parker’s District Office at 972-724-8477 or email Trish Robinson at [email protected]. Interested students may also visit www.hhloans.com to learn more about the program. Once received, applicants will also be scheduled for an interview as part of the nomination process.

Parker represents House District 63, which includes the southwest portion of Denton County.

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Mark Smith

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