|Mississippi State University Distinguished Scholars|
The MSU Distinguished 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. It represents MSU’s most outstanding students.
In the spring, a multi-day trip to one of the nation’s great cities exposes students to cultural and historical sites. The Stennis Center has helped connect students with political leaders on trips to Washington, D.C. (2008, 2011), Chicago (2009), Little Rock (2010) and Atlanta (2012).
The Atlanta program began with a tour of the Carter Presidential Library and Museum. Lunch featured former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn of Georgia who discussed his Nuclear Threat Initiative and recalled his relationship with Senator Stennis and Stacey Abrams, a Mississippi native and Truman Scholar who is now the Minority Leader in the Georgia House of Representatives. The program gave the students the opportunity to think about how they might be involved in providing public service leadership through their careers or through volunteer efforts.