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Counselor Connection

September 2017

2017 graduates named Sen. Jeff Green Scholars

Students can apply for Senate Youth Program

More than 2,100 students who graduated from Kentucky high schools in 2017 were designated Jeff Green Scholars.

High school juniors and seniors can now apply for the 2018 United States Senate Youth Program. To be eligible, a student must: • Be serving in a school-wide, district, regional or state elected capacity in a student government, civic or educational organization.

To earn this honor, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average each year of high school and at least a 28 composite on the ACT. They must also attend a high school whose students are eligible to earn Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) awards.

• Have a keen interest in government above average grade. • Not have been a delegate to the program.

These students have earned $2,500 a year in KEES funds to help pay for college. If they keep their grades up in college, they will have $10,000 to use toward a four-year degree.

Students must also be articulate, for they will be participating in discussion groups with national leaders in Washington. The program offers two student leaders from each state a $10,000 college scholarship and an allexpenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to observe the U.S. Senate in action. It is funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

Press releases were sent to local newspapers announcing the recipients. The designation honors the late state Sen. Jeff Green of Mayfield, who served in the Kentucky General Assembly from 1992 to 1997.

Counselors who have students interested in attending the program should contact Donna Pace Melton at the Kentucky Department of Education at 502.564.1473, ext. 4061, or at donna.melton@ education.ky.gov. Melton will mail an application that includes a timed test that may be duplicated, but not reviewed, by students before they take it. Answers should not be discussed among students, teachers or the school official who administers the test.

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Completed applications and tests must be mailed to Melton at: Kentucky Department of Education, 300 Sower Blvd., 5 CSE 6, Frankfort, KY 40601. The package must be postmarked by Oct. 15. -3-

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