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Students encouraged to apply for Senate Scholar Program
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The Wisconsin State Senate Scholar Program is now accepting applications from high school students ages 16-18.

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

In recent years, several Coulee Region students have had the opportunity to participate in this exciting program. State Sen. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) is encouraging local students, schools, and teachers to learn more about this valuable program.

“Students in classrooms across our state today will go on to be the leaders of our future,” said Shilling. “Encouraging 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.”

Information about this program and the application process can be found online at or by contacting Dr. Tammy Wehrle, Legislative Education and Outreach Officer, at (608)261-0533 or Applications are due by Jan. 3, 2016. Students can apply at any time and have their application considered for future programs if they aren’t immediately accepted. While this is a highly competitive program, each Senate district is allotted a minimum number of participants.