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Date(s) - 03/07/2019 - 03/12/2019
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Mississippi State University’s Presidential Scholars Program began in 2006 with the merger of the Schillig Leadership Scholarship, endowed by the Schillig Foundation in 1987, and The Presidential Endowed Scholarship, established in 2001. It now encompasses 18 endowed scholarships worth approximately $50,000 and represents Mississippi State University’s (MSU) most outstanding students.

The Stennis Center for Public Service Leadership helps connect Presidential Scholars with political leaders across the United States, including annual trips to Washington, D.C. (2008, 2011, 2015), Chicago, Illinois (2009), Little Rock, Arkansas (2010), Atlanta, Georgia (2012), San Francisco, California (2013, 2018), Boston, Massachusetts (2014), Seattle, Washington (2016), and New York City, New York (2017).

In March 2019, MSU’s Presidential Scholars will travel to Washington, D.C., to learn more about Congress and our nation’s Capitol. The program also provides Presidential Scholars the opportunity to learn more about how they can prepare for and provide public service leadership in their careers. This year’s program highlights include:

  • a two-hour guided tour of the U.S. Capitol,
  • a visit to the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services where Mike McCord, Director of Civil-Military Programs at the Stennis Center, will lead a discussion on “Understanding Congressional Oversight of the Miltary,”
  • an “Emerging Congressional Staff Leaders Panel” where Presidential Scholars will hear from young and emerging leaders in Congress who will share their experiences on Capitol Hill, and
  • a discussion with Michael O’Hanlon, Senior Fellow and Director of Research in Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institution.