Scholarship winners tour Capitol

Photo provided by Lori Payne -- Receiving scholarships from Sen. Troy Brown, D-Napoleonville, right, during a recent visit to the State Capitol are, from left, Kimi Clopton, Port Allen High School; Ja'Laycia Mills, East Iberville High School; and Molly Mallory, Ascension Catholic High School. Show caption
Photo provided by Lori Payne -- Receiving scholarships from Sen. Troy Brown, D-Napoleonville, right, during a recent visit to the State Capitol are, from left, Kimi Clopton, Port Allen High School; Ja'Laycia Mills, East Iberville High School; and Molly Mallory, Ascension Catholic High School.

An Ascension Catholic High School graduate was among five teens to receive scholarships recently from Sen. Troy Brown.

Brown, D-Napoleonville, donated $2,500 to the scholarship fund, a news release from the senator’s District 2 office says.

He also hosted more than 300 students on educational tours of local universities and the Louisiana State Capitol.

The 2013 Troy E. Brown scholarships, mirroring a program implemented last year, were presented by Brown to graduating seniors from five high schools across District 2.

Students with a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade-point average 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, the release says.

On May 30, Brown met with students who wrote winning essays at the Louisiana State Capitol where he greeted them in the Senate Chamber, talked to them about their future plans and 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 his district, which includes Assumption and parts of Ascension, St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes.

Students took part in guided tours of Southern University, LSU and the Louisiana State Capitol. The tours began on April 5 and continued throughout the 2013 Legislative Session. Brown hosted the final tour on May 20.

“My passion is to ensure that our kids are made aware of educational opportunities that exist beyond high school,” Brown said. “LSU and Southern University continue today to serve as beacons for education here in South Louisiana.”