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"A State of Mind" Texas Scholarship

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1 winner$500
Application Deadline
Feb 28, 2022
Winners Announced
Mar 31, 2022
Education Level
Recent scholarship winners
Eligibility Requirements
You must be from Texas

“Texas is a state of mind. Texas is an obsession. Above all, Texas is a nation in every sense of the word.” - John Steinbeck

Texas brings a uniquely vibrant, prosperous, and diverse flavor to the world.

Alongside its nearly 30 million people, Texas has the world’s 9th largest economy by GDP. It’s the place where both Dr. Pepper and the frozen margarita originated. And across its vast land, it has an eclectic mix of people with a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives.

While being a Texan means something different to everyone, it almost certainly means something. As one small way to celebrate the spirit of Texas and all that it brings to the world, the “A State of Mind” Texas Scholarship exists to alleviate the financial burden of one student from Texas.

The scholarship is open to all high school, undergraduate, and graduate school students from Texas who are planning to or currently pursuing post-secondary education. Applicants from any field of study are eligible to apply.

To apply, please share a short essay, video, or image that tells the story of what being a Texan means to you.

Selection Criteria:
Charisma, Enthusiasm, Spirit
Published September 15, 2021
Essay Topic

What does being a Texan mean to you?

100–250 words

Winning Application

Emily Vu
University of the Incarnate WordSan Antonio, TX
Being a Texan means to me, that your heart is as big as the state. That your mind is open and free as the rolling hill country located in the mid-west, and that our citizens represent each one, out of the trillion, glittering stars that shine bright in the southern night sky. In Texas, not all of us wear cowboy boots. We have Texans that wear construction hats for work, heels to make a fashion statement, or the rainbow to express who they are as an individual. Nothing is better than living in a state so large, that there is enough room to welcome new incomers into our community with open arms. There is no true meaning behind what a Texan is, everyone is all so different. As the number one state to have a current growing diverse population, we all come from different backgrounds, no story is ever the same. However, one thing all Texans have in common is the undeniable southern charm. Southern charm can be portrayed in many ways, but for me, it means that an individual, a stranger or not, still deserves to be treated with kindness and respect. Kindness goes a long way here in Texas, and it can affect a person's day. The sense of community is incomparable to other states. As times are changing, I, a minority am proud to be born and raised in Texas and will always carry around the name, Texan, wherever I go. Once a Texan, always a Texan.


When is the scholarship application deadline?

The application deadline is Feb 28, 2022. Winners will be announced on Mar 31, 2022.

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