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 read the 2020-2021 Academic Excellence winning Essay » 
By Sneha Mokkala, Clear Lake High School, Houston, Principal: David Drake

Nominations for 2021-2022 will be open in October of 2021.


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.

Nominations for 2021-2022 will be open in October of 2021.


U.S. Senate Youth Application

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

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.

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. Interested students should inform their principal or student council advisor that they are interested in applying to the Texas US Senate Youth Program. Two high school juniors or seniors from Texas who hold elected or appointed positions of leadership are selected by the State Commissioner of Education to participate in the Senate Youth Program. This is a highly selective program; any student nominated should be an extremely strong leader with strong communication and interpersonal skills, the initiative to respond to group needs, above-average intelligence, and a great desire to participate in the American democratic processes.

Principals and Student Council Advisors are asked to jointly nominate their most outstanding student to be considered by a state committee from the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals for nomination as a candidate for this program. Only one application per school will be accepted. Final decisions regarding nominations are subject to the judgement and verification of the state selection administrators.

Texas students must submit the completed application and supporting documentation to TASSP/TASC by October 1, 2021. The primary purposes of the qualifying leadership position must be a representation of a constituency and service to others. A student who graduates high school at the close of the fall semester / quarter is not eligible to apply for the program. Only one application per school will be accepted.

See the USSYP Brochure and 2021-2022 Texas application for qualifications and submission requirements.

2021-2022 Texas Application for U.S. Senate Youth Program »

2022 Official USSYP Brochure »