THIRD ANNUAL NET RMA Linda Thomas Safe Driving Scholarship

In an effort to promote safe driving practices to Northeast Texas high school students and the community, NET RMA is for the third year providing the Linda Thomas Safe Driving Scholarship to award ten eligible students $1,000 each for college expenses, totaling $10,000. The winners are selected based on essays and academic and extracurricular achievements. The deadline for applications is Friday, March 31, 2023 at 11:59 p.m.

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  • Graduating high school seniors who have been accepted into a 2- or 4-year/university or accredited trade school and will be enrolled full-time by the Fall 2023.
  • Eligible students must also reside within NET RMA’s 14 counties: Bowie, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Gregg, Harrison, Kaufman, Panola, Rusk, Smith, Titus, Upshur, Wood and Van Zandt.

Scholarship Application

Mailing Address (if different than above)

REQUIRED UPLOADS: Resume, Essay, & Transcript (All uploads should be in PDF format; Max. file size: 50 MB.)

Student’s First & Last Name
3-5 High School Awards/Honors/Activities
3-5 Community Activities/Involvement/Awards
Jobs held during high school
Name and email of school counselor
Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
Suggested essay prompts:
What are your opinions on current safe driving policies and practices in Texas?
Are there changes to current state and/or federal laws regarding safe driving that you would like to see implemented? Why?
How have you/could you discourage or prevent distracted driving among your friends, family, or community?
Share a personal story on how distracted driving has impacted your life.
Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.
If students have attended multiple high schools, a transcript from each school must be provided.
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Accepted file types: pdf, Max. file size: 50 MB.

    Eligible Expenses:

    Scholarship funds may be used for tuition, fees, books, room and board or for other items required by your college/university/trade school. If you are selected to receive a scholarship, you will be provided with instructions and a disbursement form to claim your scholarship.

    Selection Process:

    • Scholarship application opens on Wednesday, January 25 at 8 a.m. CT.
    • Scholarship application process closes on Friday, March 31 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
    • Applications will be reviewed by NET RMA Scholarship Committee in early April 2023.
    • Winners will be announced by Friday, April 14, 2023.
    • Awards ceremony details will be determined by mid to late April 2023.