Mississippi State University Presidential Scholars
The MSU 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. It represents MSU’s most outstanding students.
The Stennis Center has helped connect students with political leaders on trips to Washington, D.C. (2008, 2011, 2015), Chicago (2009), Little Rock (2010) Atlanta (2012), San Francisco (2013), Boston (2014), and Seattle (2016).
In Seattle, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation hosted the group of 42 students on March 11, 2016, to discuss the foundation’s work on global poverty. The U.S. Navy hosted the students on March 12 on board the USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN-730), an Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine, and the USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
The program gave the students the opportunity to think about how they might be involved in preparing for and providing public service leadership in their careers.
Stennis-Montgomery Association at Mississippi State University
The Stennis-Montgomery Association (SMA) is a student organization at Mississippi State University that encourages students of every background and academic discipline to participate in politics. The SMA serves as a resource for students who want to register to vote and get involved in the political process of their community and nation. Throughout the year, the SMA sponsors various speakers on campus and provides workshops that guide students through the application process for internship positions in Washington, D.C. and other places.
Each year, approximately 30 of the most active members of the Stennis-Montgomery Association take a trip to Washington, D.C. The Stennis Center for Public Service always organizes a luncheon for the SMA students to interact with the congressional delegation from Mississippi. The event is usually in March, except in presidential inauguration years when it occurs in January. For example, the annual luncheon for 2013 was held on January 22, at the U.S. Capitol in conjunction with the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. The most recent SMA luncheon on Capitol Hill with the Mississippi congressional delegation and selected staff took place on April 5, 2016.