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Sen. Brown awards scholarships, hosts tours

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
State Sen. Troy Brown is pictured with Plaquemine High School Honor Students.

NAPOLEONVILLE – State Sen. Troy Brown continued his support for education and students in District 2 by donating $2,500 in scholarships to five area students and hosting over 300 students on educational tours of local universities and the Louisiana State Capitol. 

The effort follows Brown's belief that education is the key to establishing and maintaining successful and productive Louisiana communities.

The 2013 Troy E. Brown scholarships, mirroring the strategy implemented last year, were presented to graduating seniors from five high schools across the district.

Students with a 3.0 or higher GPA submitted essays outlining their plans to return to their hometown after obtaining their post high school education and helping support their community through direct or government service.

Brown met with students who wrote winning essays at the Louisiana State Capitol May 30 and greeted them in the Senate Chamber. He presented each winner with a Louisiana Senate Certificate of Achievement for their scholarship.

The scholarships build on Brown's previous project of hosting educational tours for groups of ninth-grade honor students from eight high schools in the district. Participants took part in guided tours of Southern University, Louisiana State University and the Louisiana State Capitol. 

The tours began on April 5 and continued throughout the 2013 Legislative Session.

Plaquemine High School ninth-graders received a special treat during their visit as Brown acknowledged their presence and scholastic success as part of the Senate Session opening ceremony.

He said that the purpose of the tours was to introduce high school students to college life and to motivate them to continue their academic career at one of the many great universities, community colleges or vo-tech schools in their home state. 

The State Capitol tour exposed students to the lawmaking process and the leaders who make decisions that keep every sector of Louisiana moving. 

“My passion is to ensure that our kids are made aware of educational opportunities that exist beyond high school,” Brown said.