AUSTIN– Representative Cecil Bell, Jr. (Magnolia) congratulates Texas A&M University student and Porter local Trenton Dickey as the deserving nominee for the Texas Armed Forces Scholarship Program (TASSP) in House District 3. 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. It is vital to recognize these hardworking and dedicated young adults and reward those succeeding in a competitive ROTC environment. Dickey is a fitting example.

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

Mr. Dickey embodies the ideal recipient with his grades, leadership, and ambition. In high school, he was a three year member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars. He was voted president of his class three times and served two consecutive years as the commander of the largest company in the JROTC battalion. An industrial distribution major, Mr. Dickey is a member of the cadet recruiting company in the Corps of Cadets where he aims to uphold the University’s core values: discipline, integrity, selfless service, and honor. The TASSP will help Dickey, the son of a career Army soldier, achieve his goal of following in his father’s footsteps and serving his country as an Air Force Officer.

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 U.S. only 56 percent of four-year students earn their degree within six years.

Dickey’s story is just one example of how we see the TASSP changing lives. For more information on the scholarship program, please visit: www.texasarmedservicescholarships.com.

Jessica Magee
Chief of Staff for State Representative Cecil Bell, Jr.
(512) 463-0650