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May 6, 2019
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REP. GUILLEN PUSHES TO GROW EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES FOR TEXAS ARMED SERVICES SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS
AUSTIN - House Bill 1180, authored by State Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rural South Texas), has moved to the Senate for consideration after passing a vote in the House. The legislation seeks to expand the requirements for the Texas Armed Services Scholarship, in order to allow recipients the chance to continue their education post-graduation before beginning their military service.
"Recipients of the Texas Armed Services Scholarship are highly motivated individuals, who often aspire to pursue a postgraduate degree," said Guillen. "They should not be limited in their ability to do so by the stipulations of a scholarship they worked hard to earn."
Currently, scholarship recipients are required to enter into a four-year commitment of service in a branch of the Texas Military Services, the U.S. Coast Guard, or the U.S. Merchant Marines, immediately upon graduation from an institution of higher education. This condition is constraining for those recipients who wish to continue their education further, without interruption. HB 1180 would remove this constraint and allow for the deferment of service for the pursuit of education.
"By allowing recipients deferment for the purpose of furthering their education, we grant them the opportunity to gain valuable skills that would prove beneficial when they do fulfill their service commitment," Guillen concluded.
Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at ryanguillen.com, facebook.com/representative.guillen, and twitter.com/ryanguillen