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Q: What is the Texas Scholar Award® Program

The Texas Scholar Award® Program recognizes students who live throughout the state of Texas who exhibit excellence and leadership in academics and extra-curricular and co-curricular activities in their schools and communities. Fifty (50) students will be selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship, and are eligible to compete for additional scholarships of $5,000 or $10,000. Selection is based on criteria including GPA, SAT/ACT scores, class ranking, academic and extra-curricular achievements, and participation in activities in the school and community that demonstrates a commitment to excellence and good citizenship

Q: What are the eligibility requirements for nomination?

Students must be high school seniors who excel in academics and demonstrate their diversity and leadership through current participation in UIL sanctioned extra-curricular activities and who meet the follow criteria:

  • Will graduate with the Class of 2013
  • Will graduate with a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 or equivalent
  • Currently participates in at least one qualifying UIL sanctioned extracurricular activity:

Q. What are the qualifying sanctioned activities?

Students must be currently engaged in one or more of the following and must be confirmed by a coach, counselor, program director, or administrator.

Academics:

  • Business – accounting, computer science, computer applications
  • Journalism – editorial writing, feature writing, headline writing, news writing
  • Language Arts – literary criticism, ready writing, spelling & vocabulary
  • Math & Science – Calculator applications, mathematics, number sense, science
  • Speech – cross examination debate, informative & persuasive speaking, Lincoln Douglas debate, poetry & prose interpretation

Athletics

  • Fall Sports - cross country, football, team tennis
  • Spring Sports – baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, wrestling

Music

  • Concert – band, choir, orchestra
  • Marching Band
  • Medium Ensemble
  • Sight-Reading – band, choir, orchestra
  • Solo & Small Ensemble
  • State Solo Ensemble – Divisions 1 & 2 only
  • State Wind Ensemble – Divisions 1 & 2 only
  • Mariachi

Other Competition

  • Current Issues & Events
  • One-Act Play
  • Social Studies

Sanction-Pending

  • Cheerleading
  • Drill Team

Q. Who is qualified to nominate a student?

High School Officials (Principals and Assistant Principals, Varsity Coaches, Program Directors, and Counselors are eligible to nominate a student for this program (accurate academic information must be supplied at the time of the nomination). High School Seniors can initiate a nomination on their own behalf, but it MUST include a valid senior counselor’s (or school administrator’s) name, telephone number, and email address in order to be considered. All nominations MUST specify a Senior Counselor or School Administrator who has full access to the student’s academic and extracurricular record and who will be contacted, in the event the student is considered for selection, for validation and certification of all supplied information.

Coaches, directors, moderators, and teachers are encouraged to initiate nominations and should coordinate their efforts with the appropriate school counselor or administrator.

In order to protect the integrity of the Texas Scholar Award® program and to ensure that all information is accurate and verified by a senior counselor; students' relatives or friends are not permitted to nominate students or post information to the website directly. Those interested should check with their counselor, program director, administrator, or coach to initiate the process.

Q. How many students can be nominated from each High School?

Counselors, coaches, program directors, and High School officials are invited to nominate all qualified students who meet the criteria defined above. There is no limit to how many nominees a High School can have.

Q. Is there a deadline?

The online nomination process opens at 8:00 AM (CT) on September 4th 2012 and closes at 11:59 PM (CT) on March 1st 2013.

Q. When are the selections made?

Candidates are reviewed on a rolling basis during the course of the year and Texas Scholars will be selected in three classes. Selections are announced to the responsible counselors on the following dates. The nomination then undergoes a final verification process with the counselor and the student and his/her parents/guardians will be notified as soon as the process is completed:

  • Class 1 Selection (20 awards)
  • Class 2 Selection (15 awards)
  • Class 3 Selection (15 awards)

Q. How will students know if they are selected?

When selected, the student’s senior counselor will be notified by phone and asked to certify the nomination information that was supplied on the website. Once these credentials are confirmed by the school administration, emails will be sent to the selected student and her/his parents.

IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT ALL CONTACT INFORMATION IS PROVIDED IN THE MOST DETAILED AND COMPLETE MANNER POSSIBLE to expedite the notification process.

Q. What kinds of recognition do the selected students receive?

Three Hundred high-achieving seniors who demonstrate the characteristics of the program and who comply with the rules for eligibility will be recognized in this program.

  • 250 will be awarded TSA Honorable Mention
    • Prize will be a Framed Certificate
  • 50 will receive a Texas Scholar Award ®
    • Prize will include
      • A one-time scholarship of $1,000
      • Framed TSA Certificate presented by a Agent
  • 3 of the 50 will be awarded a awarded a Texas Scholar - Silver Medalist award
    • Prize will include
      • An additional $5,000 Scholarship (one-time)
      • 2013 Texas Scholar Award® Silver Medal by a Agent
  • 1 of the 50 will be awarded a awarded a Texas Scholar - Gold Medalist award
    • Prize will include
      • An additional $10,000 Scholarship (one-time)
      • 2013 Texas Scholar Award® Gold Medal by a Agent

All Texas Scholar Award® winners will be announced in emails and press releases to local and regional print and broadcast media. These students will be enshrined on the www.texasscholaraward.com website and will be announced in the Texas Scholar Award® Newsletter and on its Facebook and Twitter sites. In addition, may invite the Texas Scholars to participate in signature events over the following year that might be held at their college/university.

Q. When will these awards be given?

The Texas Scholar Award® T-shirt will be sent to each student shortly after his/her selection has been confirmed and announced. All other recognitions will be granted during the presentations held in May and June of 2013.

Q. I am a High School Senior Counselor/Coach/Program Director/Administrator, how do I nominate someone?

Please visit the Texas Scholar Award® nomination website http://www.texasscholaraward.com/Nomination/NewNomination to register yourself and your school in this year’s program and to receive your personal ID and Password. The website contains complete information on the program’s rules. If you registered for the 2011-2012 Program, your login information is unchanged and you are already registered for this year.

Once registered, you should compile all information on the student, and then visit the secured Texas Scholar Award® nomination website to enter/update the information needed to complete the nomination. The nomination will not be considered until all required information is provided and the “Submit” button is clicked.

If you are unable to nominate on-line or have questions, please contact the TSA Program Support at support@texasscholaraward.com or by calling the TSA Program Support Center at 855.696.1122.

IT IS OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE THAT ALL INFORMATION BE SUPPLIED AS COMPLETELY AS POSSIBLE. Incomplete nominations will not be accepted, and the selection of the winners will be based on the details supplied by the counselor during the nomination process. The qualifications of the nominees are uniformly high so the differentiation established in the application is of significant value.

Q. How do I get a registration code?

Please visit the Texas Scholar Award® nomination website www.texasscholaraward.com/nominate to register yourself and your school in this year’s program and to receive your personal ID and Password. The website contains complete information on the program’s rules. If you registered for the 2011-2012 Program, your login information is unchanged and you are already registered for this year. If you forget your password, click on the “Forgot my password” link and we will immediately send an email with your password to your registered email address.

Q. I am a student, how do I get nominated for a scholarship?

Talk with your counselor, coach, program director/moderator, or school administrator to verify that you qualify and to get nominated for this scholarship program. Students will be selected based on the strength of their academic performance, and extra-curricular achievements and contributions to their schools and communities.

Q. How can I use the Scholarship Money?

The Texas Scholar Award® check will be made payable to the order of the student and can be used however he/she deems necessary to further his/her education. The award can be deferred or spread over multiple semesters (if so desired by the Texas Scholar). If this option is selected, the prize money is held in the name of the Texas Scholar and does not earn interest.

If you feel that you are qualified, then ask you counselor to submit a nomination, or you can visit the Texas Scholar Award® nomination website www.texasscholaraward.com/nominate to register yourself in this year’s program. Once you complete the registration process, you can complete the online nomination form and when you are completed, you must click Send to Counselor to have it officially submitted. Your nomination will not be considered unless it has been formally “Submitted” by your counselor.

Q. What information is asked on the nomination form?

The following information is requested and will be important in the selection and notification processes. The Counselor is encouraged to supply as much of the requested, but optional, information as possible.
Nominations will not be accepted unless all “Required ” elements are entered.

Nomination Information

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone
  • Email
  • Date of Birth
  • Graduation Year

Parent/Guardian Information (at least one Parent/Guardian must be given)

  • Parent/Guardian “A” Name
  • Parent/Guardian “A” Address
  • Parent/Guardian “A” Telephone
  • Parent/Guardian “A” Email
  • Parent/Guardian “B” Name
  • Parent/Guardian “B” Address
  • Parent/Guardian “B” Telephone
  • Parent/Guardian “B” Email

Academic Information

  • GPA and Scale
  • Rank and class size
  • SAT/SAT2 scores
  • ACT scores
  • Special honors
  • Academic achievements

Interscholastic Competition Information

  • Primary activity
  • Secondary activity
  • Other activities
  • Extra-curricular and co-curricular achievements and awards

Extracurricular Information

  • Community/faith-based extracurricular activities
  • Employment activities and/or achievements

References

  • Up to 2 recommendations from administrators, coaches, counselors, program directors/moderators, or faculty

Q. Is all the information on the nomination form really necessary?

The information requested on the form tells us about you/your nominee, and what (in your opinion) qualifies him/her for consideration as a Texas Scholar.

Some items (that are flagged ) must be filled in before the nomination will be accepted for consideration.

The remainder of the information is optional. However, since the majority of nominees are of comparable high standing (in terms of GPA, Rank, and sports involvement) the differentiation between students is often made based on the supplemental information supplied in this nomination.

Nominees are also encouraged to supply up to two recommendations per nomination which can be written by administrators, counselors, faculty, or coaches and program directors/moderators.

Q. How do I get help or answers to questions?

The rules for the 2012-2013 Texas Scholar Award® Program are listed on the website and all frequently asked questions are answered here. However, if you are unable to nominate on-line or have questions, please contact the TSA Program Support Center by sending an email to support@texasscholaraward.com or by speaking to one of our TSA Support Representatives at 855.696.1122 (between 8 AM and 4 PM (CT) Monday through Friday).