AUSTIN– Representative Cecil Bell, Jr. congratulates University of Texas A&M student Michaela Miller as the deserving District 3 nominee for the Texas Armed Forces Scholarship Program (TASSP). The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage students to join the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air Force National Guard, or to become a commissioned officer in any branch of the armed services of the United States. Every year the governor and lieutenant governor have the opportunity to each nominate two students and members of the legislature may each nominate one.

The TASSP provides support to students seeking to serve our nation. We must recognize these hardworking and dedicated young adults and reward those succeeding in a competitive ROTC environment. Miller is a fitting example.

“Scholarships, particularly TASSP, give students pride. Being recognized for our accomplishments helps boost our confidence and in turn our ability to reach future goals, overcome challenges, and ultimately reach success,” Rep. Bell stated.

Michaela Miller embodies the perfect recipient with her grades, leadership, and ambition. A Cadet Commander for Magnolia High School JROTC for a little less than a year, Miller supervised 165 cadets and learned responsibility and leadership. But Miller’s drive did not stop there; she was also a member of Magnolia’s UIL Academics Accounting team. She is a current member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets and Darling Recruiting Company and is expected to graduate with a B.S. in Industrial Distribution.

Who can apply? Students must meet two of the follow four academic criteria: student must have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, have achieved a college readiness score on the SAT (1590) or ACT (23), be ranked in the top 1/3 of their high school class, and must be on track to graduate or graduated high school with the Distinguished Achievement Program (DAP) or the International Baccalaureate Program (IB). Scholarship recipients must enroll in a Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) and agree to complete four years of training, graduate in a timely manner of no more than six years, and after graduation enter into a four-year commitment with any branch of the armed services.

While the criteria and upkeep is rigorous, it is necessary as it is reserved for responsible and ambitious students. Currently in the US only 56 percent of four-year students earn their degree within six years.

Miller’s story is just one example of how we see the TASSP changing lives. Next spring, Rep. Bell will announce a TASSP competition within District 3. For more information on the scholarship program, please visit: