Local students selected for the Lamar Governor’s Fellowship Program

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Nancy LeGrande

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced the 13 college students who have been chosen to participate in The Lamar Governor’s Fellowship Program in Louisiana Government. This is an opportunity for the 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 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.

Two from this area are:

Jacob Ellis

Alcohol and Tobacco Control

Jacob is a junior at Northwestern State University in Louisiana and is from Natchitoches, Louisiana.

Jacob majors in business administration with a concentration in marketing and is a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society.  He is SGA President, Sargent at Arms for Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, and a student member of the Natchitoches Parish Chamber of Commerce.

Robert “Yancy” LeGrande

Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Yancy is a sophomore at Louisiana State University and is from Coushatta, Louisiana.  He is a majoring in economics.

Yancy served as president of the LSU Colony of Lambda Psi Chapter at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.  He also served as a counselor for Louisiana Boys State and volunteers at the Children’s Museum, Habitat for Humanity and Big Buddy.