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High school juniors and seniors who want to get a closer look at how the state legislative process works are invited to apply for the week-long Senate Scholar Program.

State Sen. Van Wanggaard in a press release last week put out the call for local students to attend the program where they can expect to:

  • Participate in mock legislative activities, bill and amendment drafting, policy analysis, fiscal analysis, constituent communications, and lobbying.
  • Hold a mock legislative hearing
  • Hold an executive session to vote a bill out of committee
  • Work with state senators, the state Supreme Court, various legislative staff, lobbyists and faculty from the University of Wisconsin


“This program is an excellent opportunity for students that are interested in the legislative process,” Wanggaard said in his statement. “It provides an overview and inside look at different careers and educational paths that are open to students they may not have otherwise known about.”

Students who want to participate in the Senate Scholar Program have until January 16, 2017 to submit their application, and they will be notified about their acceptance starting February 3, 2017.

The Senate Scholar Program is only open to 33 students, and the cost to attend is $250 per student.

Dates for the 2017 program have not been finalized but will be listed on the scholar program website.