Luna Scholars & Fellows Program

Senator Gregory Luna Legislative Scholars & Fellows Program

2011 Senator Gregory Luna Scholars and Fellows

The Senate Hispanic Research Council is dedicated to strengthening the next generation of young leaders with this enriching Scholars and Fellows program. Participants in the Senator Gregory Luna Legislative Scholars and Fellows Program will gain invaluable experience and exposure to the Texas Senate as full-time legislative assistants during the 83rd Legislative Session.

Each participant is assigned to the office of a State Senator or the Lieutenant Governor to perform a variety of legislative tasks. Complementing the work experience, they will meet with local and state leaders for weekly sessions to discuss leadership development and public policies that shape the community. Scholars and Fellows will receive a monthly stipend to compensate for worked performed and assist with living expenses.

In addition, the Scholars and Fellows will devise a service project designed to benefit the community throughout the session. The participants develop and implement a community service project during the session and additionally must present individual policy research projects at the end of the session.

This unique fellowship program is named after the late Gregory Luna, a longtime Texas Senator, a strong education advocate and onetime chair of the Senate Hispanic Caucus. During his tenure in the Texas Legislature (1985-1998) representing Bexar County, Sen. Luna was a champion of the people and strove to dissolve barriers for Texas’ less fortunate citizens.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Scholars: An undergraduate student enrolled in an accredited educational institution with at least 60 semester hours completed
  • Fellows: A graduate student currently enrolled in an accredited educational institution. Recent graduates (May 2012) are eligible to apply
  • All applicants must:
    • Be at least 21 years old by January 5, 2015
    • Possess high academic achievement
    • Demonstrate an interest in government and public policy through active participation in community service activities
    • Possess exceptional writing, comprehension and analytical skills
    • Display leadership qualities and potential for further growth
    • Be prepared to provide legal proof of program eligibility for employment

Program Requirements

  • All participants must:
    • Understand that all program participants are considered full-time staff within their assigned offices
    • Though responsibilities may vary from office to office, all program participants should expect to work beyond a typical 40-hour workweek
    • Attend orientation and weekly meetings held at 7:00 a.m
    • Attend scheduled weekend events and workshops
    • Participate in all SHRC-sponsored activities
    • Collectively develop and implement a group community service project