The Wisconsin State Senate Scholar Program is accepting applications from high school students aged 16 to 18.

The Senate Scholar Program is a week-long educational program offered by the Wisconsin State Senate that provides high school students with a hands-on, up-close view of the Legislature’s role in our democracy. Senate Scholars gain experience in such diverse areas as policy development, constituent relations, and processing legislation by working with senators, legislative staff and University of Wisconsin faculty.

In recent years, the Coulee Region has had students participate, and state Sen. Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, is encouraging local students, schools, and teachers to learn more about this valuable program, which includes students from all 33 state senate districts.

“Students in classrooms across our state today will go on to be the leaders of the future,” Shilling said. “Encouraging students and young adults to learn more about our government and get involved at an early age has always been a goal of mine. This program is a great way for students to see how our government functions and gain valuable hands-on experience. I would encourage anyone who is interested in this program to call or go online to learn more.”

Information about this program can be found online at senatescholar.com or by calling 608-261-0533. All applications for the 2018 Senate Scholar program are due by Nov. 22. Students can apply at any time and have their application considered for future programs if they aren’t immediately accepted.

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Steve Rundio is editor of the Tomah Journal. Contact him at 608-374-7785.

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