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Hammond native, SLU student selected for Fellowship

Posted: Monday, June 3, 2019 | Views: 2496

Hammond native, SLU student selected for Fellowship
A Hammond native and an SLU student from Slidell are among 13 college students selected to participate in The Lamar Governor’s Fellowship Program in Louisiana Government.

Donald Dunbar of Hammond and Richard Davis of Slidell will be part of this opportunity for students to gain firsthand knowledge about the development and implementation of public policy as well as the state’s rich history and current affairs of Louisiana government.

The program is a partnership with Louisiana’s Office of the Governor, Louisiana State University, Southern University and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.

“I’m inspired by the excitement these students have shown for Louisiana and for learning how they can be of service in moving our state to the next level,” said Gov. Edwards. “This program will provide an invaluable learning experience and opportunity for students who are interested in becoming future leaders of our state. Our goal is to ensure their success in the program and help them understand how important they are to the future growth and development of our state.”

The 13 fellowship students are either from Louisiana or are attending a Louisiana university or college. Each one has been assigned to work in a cabinet-level agency in Baton Rouge based on their interest of study. In addition to working within the state agencies, they will also participate in a weekly speaker series and field trips designed to enhance their overall experience and understanding of Louisiana government.

Dunbar is a junior at Southern University and is from Hammond, Louisiana. Donald is majoring in business management. Donald is junior class president activities coordinator for the Southern University Men’s Federation. He is also a volunteer for Big Buddy and Amedisys Hospice. He will be working with the Louisiana Department of Revenue during the term of the fellowship.

Davis is a senior at Southeastern Louisiana University and is from Slidell, Louisiana. Richard is majoring in middle school education. He has been SGA president since 2018 and is treasurer for his fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha – Kappa Nu Chapter. He is also a student member of the ULS Board of Supervisors and LA Office of Student Financial Assistance Advisory Board. He will be working with the Department of Corrections during the term of this fellowship.

Others selected to participate in this program include Grace Bordelon, Office of the Governor/Communications; Alacia Brew, Office of the Governor/Community Programs; Hayden Cresson, Office of Juvenile Justice; Jacob Ellis, Alcohol and Tobacco Control; Robert Kyte, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority; Elise LaFleur, Office of the Governor/Policy; Yancy LeGrande, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; David Leman, Louisiana Economic Development; Justin Malone, Louisiana Workforce Commission; Sarah Procopio, Department of Health and Hospitals; and Christopher Ward, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness.

The students will receive student housing on LSU’s campus in Baton Rouge, three hours of course credit offered through the LSU Public Administration Institute and up to a $1,500 stipend for additional expenses.

This year’s Fellows program is sponsored by private donations, including Sean and Jennifer Eplett Reilly, who are the title sponsors.
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