Deadline to Apply for Lott Leadership Institute and to Major in Public Policy Leadership Approaching

The deadline to apply for the Lott Leadership Institute and the Department of Public Policy Leadership is approaching on January 19, 2015. For more information and to apply for the Lott Leadership Institute majoring  in Public Policy Leadership, click here.

Now Accepting Applications for Greenville Renaissance Scholars Program and Sunflower County Freedom Project

Application Deadline: December 15

The Sunflower County Freedom Project is a resource for public school students in grades seven through twelve and their families who are motivated to achieve more than their situations have afforded them, and who are willing to do so by striving toward higher education. We are continually working toward creating a corps of academically capable, socially conscious and mentally disciplined young leaders in the Mississippi Delta.

The Freedom Project’s LEAD Center is located in the town of Sunflower, MS (population approximately 800), located roughly 100 miles north of Jackson and 150 miles south of Memphis. Freedom Fellows come from Sunflower and the surrounding towns of Indianola, Moorhead, Ruleville, and Drew.

The program was developed by  Teach for America alumni in the Mississippi Delta. The eight week-long internship is competitive and is open to all Public Policy Leadership majors to apply and interview for the three positions available each summer.

Find out more at: 

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The Greenville Renaissance Scholars Program is an educational non-profit organization based in Greenville, Mississippi. The mission of GRS is to inspire, motivate and prepare middle school students in the Greenville area to succeed on a college track. GRS was founded in 2007 by a group of local citizens responding to the clear need for academic enrichment and increased exposure to higher education for the area’s youth.

Students apply to join GRS in the spring of their sixth grade year. Upon acceptance into the program, students are invited to Camp Renaissance, our rigorous five-week summer program.

The purpose of Camp Renaissance is to augment academic skills and leadership skills and to encourage interest in a particular art form. Students participate in the Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop (language arts), Research and Analysis (math), and the Leadership Laboratory in the morning. In the afternoon, students participate in one of three arts programs: drama, visual arts, or dance.

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Lott Leadership Institute Featured in Ole Miss Alumni Review Magazine

The Lott Leadership Institute was recently featured in the Fall 2014 Edition of the Ole Miss Alumni Review Magazine. Read the full article below:

Representatives from MS State Treasurers’ Office to Speak to Lott Students

Cory Wilson and Emelia Nordan will be speaking to Lott students on Monday, October 27 in the Lott Institute conference room at 11:30 am. Cory and Emelia will be discussing the best practices for internship/job interviews, as well as speaking on their experiences in the “real world” concerning public policy.

Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 10.56.34 AMEmelia Nordan is a native of Gulfport, MS and graduated Valedictorian from Stone High School in 2007. In May of 2011 she graduated from the Trent Lott Leadership Institute at the University of Mississippi with a degree in Public Policy Leadership and a minor in Business Management. Emelia has also studied at Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea, Nelsen Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, and University of Osnabrück, Osnabrück,Germany.

She currently works for Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch, in the Office of the State Treasurer where she holds the position of College Savings Plans and Policy Director. Emelia oversees the daily operation of Mississippi’s two state sponsored College Savings Programs, MPACT and MACS. She also manages the Treasurer’s new policy initiative, TEAM (Treasurer’s Education About Money) which focuses on financial literacy for Mississippians.

Emelia currently serves as Secretary for the Capitol Area Young Republicans Organization and serves on the board for the Madison County Distinguished Young Woman Program. Emelia and her husband Trey have been married since November of 2011 and currently reside in Madison, MS.


Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 10.57.00 AMCory Wilson currently serves as Senior Advisor and Counsel to Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch. He began serving in this role in March 2014.

A native of Moss Point, Mississippi; Cory Wilson graduated summa cum laude in Economics from the Ole Miss School of Business in 1992. He received a law degree from the Yale Law School in 1995. Cory practiced law with two firms in Jackson from 1996 to 2008.  In 2005, Cory was selected as one of twelve White House Fellows, serving from 2005 to 2006 as a special assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. As part of the White House Fellowship, Cory traveled on policy-related trips across the United States, Europe, North Africa, and Latin America.

Cory served from 2008 to 2011 as Chief of Staff for Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann.  In 2011, Cory returned to private practice. He remains of counsel to the law firm of Heidelberg, Steinberger, Colmer & Burrow, a law firm based on the Mississippi Coast and in Jackson.

Cory has served as chair of the Mississippi Council on Economic Education, is active in the Madison County Business League, and has served on the board of directors of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

Cory is a 2001 graduate of the Leadership Mississippi Program, during which he met his wife Stephanie. The Wilsons live in Madison County and have one son.  They are members of Highlands Presbyterian Church in Ridgeland.


 Lott Scholar Featured in View from Ventress Newsletter

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Senior public policy leadership major and Lott Scholar Christine Dickason was recently featured in the newest addition of The View from Ventress, a newsletter featuring the College of Liberal Arts. Dickason was featured in the article for her achievements both inside and outside of the classroom.

Christine has focused many of her efforts on social issues and education policy. She serves as the vice president of the UM chapter of Mississippi First, working on policy issues such as comprehensive sex education, access to pre-K, and college preparedness. She is also involved with the Associated Student Body and has served as director of community service, organizing the 9/11 Day of Service in 2012. Dickason was a finalist for the national Truman Scholars program and her opinion column is featured in the Daily Mississippian on a weekly basis. Dickason was also one of four public policy leadership students to present at a national conference last spring at Eastern Michigan University.

To read the complete article featuring Christine, view the digital version of The View from Ventress below. The article is on Page 7. 

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