Politics & Government

Two Mississippi high-schoolers will get $10,000 Senate scholarships

Senate Youth Program scholar Joseph Hasbrouck and Sen. Thad Cochran
Senate Youth Program scholar Joseph Hasbrouck and Sen. Thad Cochran U.S. Senate Photographic Studio

Two Mississippi high school students will be selected to represent the state next year at the 55th annual U.S. Senate Youth Program's Washington Week in Washington, D.C., and receive a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship.

Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, in a join press release, outlined the basic requirements.

High school seniors or juniors involved in student government, civic or educational organizations are eligible for the week-long program. The selection process is, in part, based on academic achievement, leadership capabilities and public service.

“The U.S. Senate Youth Program can be a valuable opportunity for students to learn firsthand about American government,” Cochran said. “I encourage all eligible students to apply for this prestigious scholarship program.”

“The Senate Youth Program inspires students to develop leadership skills and get more involved in their communities,” said Wicker, who serves as the Senate co-chair of the 2017 program. “Young Mississippians who are chosen for this educational experience will benefit from the opportunity to learn more about our government and the value of public service.”

This past March, Joseph Hasbrouck of Pascagoula and Jackson Wilkins of Hattiesburg, took part in the program.

Hasbrouck, a senior at Pascagoula High School, is student council secretary, class treasurer, National Honor Society president, a Speech and Debate Club member and sings in the choir. He also volunteers at blood drives and serve meals at the Our Daily Bread soup kitchen.

Wilkins, a senior at Sacred Heart Catholic School, is student body president and co-president of the school’s Environmental Club. In addition to participating in mock trial, soccer, tennis and math competition teams, Wilkins is also editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, which he founded. At the Mississippi Boys State, he was elected secretary of state and named “Boys Stater of the Year.”

The USSYP includes scholarships and a week-long trip, March 4-11, 2017, to Washington for each of the 104 delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity. The nonprofit Hearst Foundation fully funds and administers the USSYP.