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The Stennis Center offers answers to frequently asked questions about our agency and its programs.

When was the Stennis Center established?

The Stennis Center was established by Congress in 1988 during Senator Stennis' final full year in office.

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Who was John C. Stennis?

John C. Stennis represented Mississippi in the United States Senate from November 5, 1947 to January 3, 1989. He is the sixth longest serving Senator in American history. He lived from 1901 to 1995.

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How is the Stennis Center funded?

When the Stennis Center was established in 1988, Congress appropriated $7.5 million to be held in a trust fund in U.S. Treasury securities. Only the interest from these securities is available for expenditure by the Stennis Center. The Stennis Center's financial accounting is administered by the General Services Administration. The Stennis Center's finances are audited by T.E. Lott & Company, Certified Public Accountants.

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What is the relationship between the Stennis Center and the USS JOHN C. STENNIS aircraft carrier?

The Stennis Center conducts a leadership awards program annually for officers and sailors on board the USS STENNIS. The Stennis Center also coordinates a college scholarship program for families of current and former crew members of the ship.

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How is the Stennis Center governed?

The Stennis Center is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Democratic and Republican leaders in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives.

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What is the difference between the Stennis Center for Public Service and the Stennis Institute of Government?

The Stennis Center is a federal agency with a national mission. The Stennis Center conducts programs throughout the country to accomplish its mission. The Stennis Institute is a service and research arm of Mississippi State University. Its focus is within the state of Mississippi.

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