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.

Meet the Winners (2023)

For the third year in a row, the NET RMA received many amazing applications from outstanding students for the Linda Thomas Safe Driving Scholarship from throughout our 14 counties in East Texas. Students researched and wrote about the dangers of driving distracted. Others wrote essays about what they would do to improve safe driving, not only for themselves, but in the entire state of Texas. There were also some who wrote heart touching stories about how distracted driving has impacted them personally.

One of this year’s winners, Barrett Martin said, “Not only does spreading information help, but spreading awareness does as well. If you constantly make the right choices while driving, then people who respect and look up to you will follow.”

The NET RMA is happy to see that these young adults are already aware of the dangers of driving distracted as they head off to their new chapter in life.

We are delighted to award 10 young drivers with $1000.00 for their college education. They were selected based on their essays and academic and extracurricular achievements. Congratulations class of 2023!

Ainsley Anderson

Ainsley Anderson
Whitehouse High School
Future Plans: Texas A&M; Business


Barrett Martin
Edgewood High School
Future Plans: Texas A&M; Civil Engineering

Thomas M. Barker
Sabine High School
Future Plans: Arkansas Elite Welding Academy; Elite combined structural/pipe program

Ashton Haynes
Gilmer High School
Future Plans:Tyler Junior College; Kinesiology

Lane Lewis
Winnsboro High School
Future Plans: Texas A&M; Engineering

Lillian Purdum
Longview High School
Future Plans: LeTourneau University, Aviation, Professional Pilot/Aviation Management

Jaiden Darden
Maud High School
Future Plans: University of Texas in Arlington; Nursing

Janis Phu
Pine Tree High School
Future Plans: University of Texas in Dallas; Biology/Premed

Hope Wright
North Forney High School
Future Plans: Prairie View A&M University, Nursing

Rushil Sajjan
Tyler Legacy High School
Future Plans: Texas A&M; Biochemistry

Check Presentations

We hosted several check presentations to celebrate Linda Thomas Safe Driving Scholarship winners. We’re proud to help cultivate a new generation of safe drivers and connect with our local communities by supporting our talented high school students as they take the next step in their educational journey.

View Past Scholarship Winners



  • 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.

Applications are now closed

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.