Awards for Students:

Academic Excellence | Teens Serving Texas | U.S. Senate Youth Program


Academic Excellence Award

The TASSP Academic Excellence Recognition Program was established to honor and recognize high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in areas of academic achievement, test scores and writing skills. The program will recognize twenty graduating Texas seniors with an unrestricted scholarship of $500. In addition, these twenty winners will be introduced at the general session of the TASSP Summer Workshop held in Austin in June and also honored there with a luncheon featuring the students, parents and their principals. Thirty finalists will be recognized locally with plaques donated by Jostens.

Who is Eligible?
Each Texas high school whose principal is a member of TASSP may nominate ONE graduating senior for this recognition.

What is the Selection Process?
The TASSP Academic Excellence Committee will review and score the applications according to this weighted value:

  • 65% of total score on their G.P.A. and SAT or ACT score. 
  • 35% of total score on the essays portion of the application
  • Scoring of the essays is done without knowledge of authorship.
  • The top twenty will be selected as the All-State Academic Team and will be given a $500 unrestricted scholarship. The next thirty will be selected as Finalists and will be sent a plaque.

Click here to nominate a student for the 2020-2021 Academic Excellence Award »

Click here to read the 2019-2020 Academic Excellence winning Essay » 
By Kinsley Fuller from Frost High School, Frost ISD - Principal: Dan Lunsford

Teens Serving Texas Awards

The Texas Association of Secondary School Principals and its members recognize that students’ achievements often go beyond academic accomplishments. The TASSP Teens Serving Texas Recognition Program was established to honor and recognize high school seniors who have demonstrated excellence in areas of community service, leadership and personal accomplishment through unique endeavors, obstacles overcome or special talents. The program will recognize five graduating Texas seniors with an unrestricted scholarship of $500. In addition, these five winners will be introduced at the general session of the TASSP Summer Workshop held in Austin in June and also honored there with a luncheon featuring the students, parents and their principals. Twenty five finalists will be recognized locally with plaques provided by TASSP.

Who is Eligible?
Each Texas high school whose principal is a member of TASSP may nominate ONE graduating senior for this recognition. Each student nominated should meet the following qualifications:

  • Has a minimum cumulative grade point average equivalent to 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the previous three years (freshman, sophomore and junior years).
  • Is required to be pursuing the Distinguished Graduation Plan.
  • Submits the application packet according to the guidelines and by the specified deadline.

Click here to nominate a student for the 2020-2021 Teens Serving Texas Award » 


U.S. Senate Youth Application

The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. 

COVID-19 UPDATE: The 59th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) will be held in an online format for 2021. Washington Week ONLINE will take place March 14 – 18, 2021 and will be a fully immersive learning experience incorporating the key elements of the program week in an exciting, interactive format.

Two students from each state will be selected to attend the online program and each will receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Students must attend the entirety of the program to receive the scholarship. Students may qualify to apply through leadership positions they currently hold per the USSYP official criteria for the current 2020-2021 academic year, OR if students are unable to hold leadership positions this year due to the pandemic, they can submit a qualifying position held during the 2019-2020 academic year. All student leadership positions are subject to the judgement and verification of the state selection administrators.

The Texas United States Senate Youth Program is for high school students who demonstrate leadership and an interest in government. Students must be a junior or senior in High School. Interested students must be nominated by the high school principal and/or student council advisor and inform them that you are interested in applying to the Texas US Senate Youth Program. Students must have their recommendation to apply, and submit the completed application and supporting documentation to TASSP/TASC by November 13, 2020. The student applicant must currently be serving in an elected capacity in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations. See the application form for more specific information.

  • Student Body: President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer
  • Class President, Vice president, Secretary or Treasurer
  • Student Council: Representative
  • District, regional, or state-level civic or educational organizations representative
  • National Honor Society officer (Only elected officers are eligible)

NOTE: School clubs (e.g., Chess Club/Language Honor Societies) are not considered civic or educational organizations.

2020-2021 Texas Application for U.S. Senate Youth Program »

Click here for the 2020-21 Official USSYP Brochure » Check the brochure for official qualifications.