News Release from the office of State Senator Judith Zaffirini

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2008
Contact: Celeste Villarreal
512/463-0121

Senator Zaffirini Announces 2009 Legislative Scholars and Fellows Program

(AUSTIN) -- Friday, Oct. 17, is the deadline for submitting applications for the 2009 Senator Gregory Luna Legislative Scholars and Fellows Program, Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, announced today (Wednesday). Sponsored by the Senate Hispanic Research Council, the program selects and assigns undergraduate and graduate students to a state senator or to Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst.

Program participants will receive a $2,000 monthly stipend to assist with living expenses.

"Working side-by-side with experienced professionals, Luna scholars and fellows will learn how the Texas Legislature operates and policies are created," Senator Zaffirini said. "They will perform a variety of legislative tasks, including writing legislative research summaries; tracking bills; and drafting constituent correspondence, legislative statements, articles and press releases."

The program will begin on Jan. 7 and end on the last day of the legislative session, June 1. Weekly leadership development sessions and presentations, professional training workshops, and meetings will enhance the intensive work experience of participants.

"Senator Luna was a fierce advocate of education, particularly public education," Senator Zaffirini said. "His legacy was built on hard work and staunch advocacy. Students who share his motivation are encouraged to apply for the fellowships.

"The Luna program provides a unique and remarkable insight into government and policy for its scholars and fellows. Since 2001 51 Texas students have served as Luna Scholars, including three who were assigned to my Capitol office."

Applications can be downloaded from the Senate Hispanic Research Council website at www.tshrc.org. Additional information is available from Senator Zaffirini's office via Michael Dole, legislative aide - 956/722-2293 or michael.dole@senate.state.tx.us.

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