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2017-08-03

Opportunities For Students To Continue Their Education With Military Service

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Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program

One of the great privileges of being a state representative is that, from time to time, I am afforded a unique opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of the next generation of Texas leaders. One such opportunity that I am excited to share with you today is the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TSSSP), which offers scholarships to hard-working students who are dedicated to their education and to serving their state and nation through military service.
Created in 2009 by the 81st Legislature, the TASSP was designed to help defray the cost of a college education by encouraging students 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 Governor and Lieutenant Governor nominate up to two students, and each Texas State Senator and State Representative may nominate one student.
The TASSP provides recipients with a conditional scholarship for up to four years to any Texas university with an active ROTC program, depending on available funding.  To be eligible, the student must fulfill at least two of the following four requirements: 

1. Be 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 his or her respective high school graduating class or graduated in the top third of his or her graduating class;
4. Has achieved a college readiness score on the SAT (1590) or ACT (23).

If you or someone you know meets these requirements, please contact my office for more information about the scholarship program. I can be reached at andrew.murr@house.texas.gov or by calling (512) 463-0536. Nominations are due August 31, 2017.

Greystone – Service Academy Prep School, Schreiner University in Kerrville

Additionally, if you or someone you know has previously applied to a military academy and fallen short, there is a fantastic program right here in our district designed to help give those serious about an appointment another opportunity. It is called Greystone, a Service Academy Prep School located on the campus of Schreiner University in Kerrville.
Since 2004, Greystone has helped 252 young men and women earn academy appointments. Their approach is simple; students are enrolled full-time at Schreiner where they can earn up to 38 college credits which can be transferred to a Service Academy. Rigorous academic requirements to increase a student's GPA and test scores are coupled with mandatory physical training six days a week to improve overall conditioning required to excel on the fitness assessments conducted by the academies.
Over 98 percent of all Greystone graduates earn scholarships leading to a commission as an officer in the Armed Forces. Of that group, 86 percent earn their Academy appointments and the remainder earns
ROTC or USMC PLC scholarships. At the Military Academy at West Point the Greystone graduation rate is 100 percent and the Naval Academy rate is 94 percent.
These graduation rates are significant because all of these students were previously rejected by the academies in their initial high school attempt. So for those committed to a career in the military and determined to earn an appointment, Greystone at Schreiner University in Kerrville is an excellent back-up plan that everyone should consider. It allows students to complete their freshman year of college, while at the same time maximizing their ability to continue their education at a Service Academy.
Both Greystone and the TASSP program are offering fine young Texans with the opportunity to realize their educational goals while also becoming public servants and leaders. It is a sincere pleasure for me to be involved with both of them.