Student Fellowship Program

$5000 in Scholarship Opportunities!

Are you a high school or college student interested in weighing in on important state policy issues while building your resume? If so, we have an opportunity for you! The Texas First Foundation is currently accepting applications for our Student Fellowship Program, inviting students to help advance our mission of promoting open and truthful political dialogue and advocating for policies that put Texans’ everyday needs ahead of partisan special interests.

We believe that students have an important contribution to make to the policymaking debate in our State. Yet they are not always afforded a voice on policies that no doubt will affect their lives and their future.

The Student Fellowship Program provides a unique and exciting opportunity for outstanding students at the high school and college levels to weigh in on important policy decisions facing our state, earn publication of their ideas to a wide audience of policy-minded Texans and lawmakers, and win a $250 scholarship.

To apply, students from across the state are invited to submit an essay of roughly 700 words on any policy issue they believe important to Texans. Selected essays will be published by Texas First Foundation to an audience of several thousand policy minded Texans, including all state legislators. In addition, the top ten essays from both high school students and college students will receive scholarship awards of $250 each.

This program is a great way to engage young people substantively in Texas policy debates, infusing fresh voices and ideas and a unique perspective into some of Texas’ most pressing issues. Publication is also a great way for students to build their resumes and college and graduate school applications. Suggested state policy topic areas include but are not limited to: public and higher education, health care, budget and the economy. The deadline for Spring 2012 submission is April 30.

Please follow this link to submit the online proposal form.


Contact with any additional questions about the Fellowship Program or the submittal process.

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