State Rep. Jim Pitts is teaming up with the Texas Hospitality Association to fight underage drinking and to promote alcohol responsibility through a statewide poster contest that will award one 2011 high school graduating senior a $10,000 educational scholarship.

THA will award the $10,000 scholarship to the Texas high school senior who designs and submits the best poster conveying the message or theme: If you are under 21, its illegal to consume or purchase alcoholic beverages in Texas. The winning poster will be distributed statewide to Texas establishments selling or serving alcohol.

I am very excited about involving Texas high school seniors in developing a message that will combat underage drinking in their age group and reminds all Texans of the need for alcohol awareness, Pitts said.

The contest is open to all 2011 Texas high school seniors. Artwork must be an original design and may be computer or electronically generated, hand drawn or photographed.

Students have until May 6 to submit their poster to THA.

The winner of the $10,000 scholarship will be determined by a vote of each Texas House of Representatives office.

For complete details on the THA $10,000 poster contest, go to www.texashospitalityassociation.com.