14 college students selected for 2021 Lamar Governor’s Fellowship Program in La Government


BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA – APRIL 17: A general view of the Louisiana State Capitol prior to a rally against Louisiana’s stay-at-home order and economic shutdown on April 17, 2020 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Governor John Bell Edwards has said Louisiana’s high rate of infections and deaths does not position the state to quickly open back up. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La (KLFY) — Gov. Edwards announced the 14 college students who were chosen to participate in the fourth annual Lamar Governor’s Fellowship Program in Louisiana Government.

This program is an opportunity for students to gain firsthand knowledge about the development and implementation of public policy as well as the Louisiana’s history and current government affairs.

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

“These fourteen students represent the next generation of Louisiana’s leaders, and I am inspired by their excitement to move our state forward,” said Gov. Edwards. “This program will provide them an invaluable learning experience on policy-making and the governing process. Our goal is to ensure their success in the program and help them understand the vital role they play in Louisiana’s future.”

Each student 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.

Here’s a list of this year’s fellows and which departments they’ll work with:

  • Javin Bowman – Louisiana State Police
  • Elizabeth Bueche – Board of Regents
  • Bailey Chauvin – Department of Education
  • Gabriella Cotton – Office of the Governor, Women’s Policy
  • Stone Cox – Division of Administration
  • Allison Hunt – Governor’s Mansion
  • Cameron Jackson – Louisiana Department of Health
  • Kevin Taylor-Jarrell – Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
  • Jaden Johnson – Department of Environmental Quality
  • Kaitryana Leinbach – Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
  • Jaron Petreas – Department of Revenue
  • Colin Raby – Louisiana Economic Development
  • Brenda Reed – Division of Administration, Office of Broadband
  • Taylor Sanchez – Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

Click here to read more about each student.

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.

The Fellows program is sponsored by private donations.

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