Ten outstanding postsecondary students from across the country worked at the Department's headquarters this summer as Martin Luther King Jr. scholars, as part of a program initiated last year to honor the legacy of the renowned civil rights leader. President Bush unveiled the program to pay tribute to King's memory and his dream of promoting equality for all.
Secretary Paige saluted the scholars, who came from undergraduate and graduate programs across the nation. ""We have been fortunate to have a number of outstanding young people working with us this summer who have had the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the kind of work that would have made Dr. King proudthat is, to assure that we leave absolutely no child behind,"" he said.
During the summertime program, 10 top postsecondary students who have an interest in education policy and administration take paid internships at the Department to help recognize King's legacy and his commitment to education. The scholars were assigned to the different assistant secretaries' offices at headquarters. Staff in each office mentored the scholars during their eight-week stay. The scholars also completed major projects in the offices where they were assigned and presented them to their senior officers before they left.
Applicants submitted essays linking King's philosophy with education policy. More than 300 applications were reviewed this year, and finalists were selected by the offices where they worked. Final decisions were based on the students' academic achievement, cover letters, essays and interest in education policy.