Students encouraged to apply for Wisconsin Senate Scholar Program

LA CROSSE, WI – The Wisconsin State Senate Scholar Program is currently accepting applications from high school students aged 16 to 18. The Senate Scholar Program is a week-long educational program offered by the Wisconsin State Senate that provides high school students with a hands-on, up-close view of the Legislature’s role in our democracy. Senate Scholars gain experience in such diverse areas as policy development, constituent relations, and processing legislation by working with senators, legislative staff and University of Wisconsin faculty.

In recent years, the Coulee Region has had several students participate in this exciting program. Senator 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 the future,” said Sen. Shilling. “Encouraging students and 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. I would encourage anyone who is interested in this program to call or go online to learn more.”

Information about this program can be found online at or by calling (608)261-0533. All applications for the 2020 Senate Scholar program are due by November 8, 2019. 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.