State Senator Ken Paxton (R-McKinney) was pleased to award Hannah E. Schiffman of Plano West Senior High School (PWSH) the Texas Armed Services Scholarship (TASS). Schiffman achieved academic excellence and displayed knowledge and confidence in leadership positions while in the PWSH Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) program. In her senior year, Schiffman was the JROTC Battalion Executive Officer. She was awarded JROTC Cadet of the Month on two occasions, was named a Superior Cadet in 2010 and won third place in the academic bowl in Ft. Worth in 2011 and 2012. She has also given many hours of volunteer service to soup kitchens and homeless shelters through organizations such as Jewish Youth Tzedakah Foundation, the Temple Shalom Summer Camp, and Model United Nations, all while holding a part-time job. Ms. Schiffman is currently a student at Austin College and is participating in the Air Force ROTC with UT-Austin, where she plans to enroll after her fall semester.
“I am confident Hannah Schiffman will be an incredible asset for our armed forces,” said Senator Paxton.
Representative Van Taylor awarded Daniel Rosenfield with the TASS. Rosenfield graduated from Plano West Senior High School as an AP Scholar with Honors. He served his student body as Senior Class president, an active member of both the National Honor Society and French National Honor Society, and Captain of Plano West Cross Country Team. Rosenfield has proven himself as a model for his community by attaining the Eagle Scout ranking and participating in several community service programs, including the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization, Congressman Sam Johnson’s Youth Advisory Council, City of Plano Teen Court, and City of Plano Citizens Government Academy. With his exceptional scholastic and extracurricular accomplishments under his belt, Rosenfield is well equipped to take on his next step. He is attends Texas A&M University where he majors in Communications, is a cadet in the A&M Air Force ROTC, and looks forward to serving our nation in the United States Air Force.
“I am proud of the next generation stepping up to defend freedom,” said Representative Taylor of Daniel, “his commitment to community and country is exemplary.”
Representative Scott Sanford awarded the TASS to Austin Jeter from McKinney High School. Jeter received numerous honors and awards including the Top Ten Percent Award; Academic Achievement Award from McKinney Rotary Club for 4 years in a row; Merit Award in Honors Band; Drum Major Award; AP Scholar with Distinction, and the Congressional Nomination to attend the USA Naval Academy from Congressman Sam Johnson. In addition to these awards, Jeter participated in numerous organizations at school, including Track and Field, President of the Mercenaries Airsoft Club, Jazz Band, Marching Band Leadership Team, High School Honors Band, Kenosis Leadership Program and the National Honor Society. He has also managed to hold down a part time job for the past two years, and has served as a preschool teacher at his church for several years.
“Austin Jeter is a young man with a bright future, and he has certainly proven himself as a model for our community,” said Representative Sanford.
Created in 2009 by the 81st Legislature, the Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program was designed to financially assist post-secondary students by encouraging them to become members of the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, the United States Coast Guard, the United States Merchant Marine, or to become commissioned officers in any branch of the armed services of the United States. The TASSP provides up to $10,000 for a conditional scholarship to a deserving student dedicated to education and military service. Every year the Texas Governor and Lieutenant Governor appoint up to two students, and each Texas State Senator and State Representative may appoint one student.
Story submitted by Kate Zaykowski