The Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program aims to encourage students to participate in Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs at Texas higher education institutions and to become members of the Texas Army National Guard or the Texas Air Force National Guard, or commissioned officers in any branch of the armed services of the United States. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has begun to receive student nominations from legislators.
As a reminder, students must meet specific requirements in order to be eligible for nomination and receipt of the scholarship. A student may receive a Texas Armed Services Scholarship award not to exceed $10,000 beginning fiscal year 2011. A student is required to enter into an agreement with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to receive the scholarship. If the student does not meet the conditions outlined in the agreement, the award will become a loan and the student will be required to repay the conditional scholarship.
For a student to apply for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program:
- The student will need to be selected by a Texas Senator or Representative or the Lieutenant Governor or Governor. Students should contact their legislator for more information.
- Once selected, the student will receive a Notice of Selection.
- Once the student decides upon the higher education institution and corresponding ROTC program in which they will enroll,they must present their Notice of Selection to the institution's financial aid office.
- The financial aid office will certify program eligibility to The Higher Education Coordinating Board. Because program eligibility requirements include that the student be enrolled in the institution and in the ROTC program at that institution, the financial aid office cannot provide their eligibility certification before those two criteria are met.
- Once The Higher Education Coordinating Board receives the institution's eligibility certification, the student will receive an email requesting them to log on at www.hhloans.com to complete their Texas Armed Services Scholarship application.