The Orrin G. Hatch Foundation has unveiled the Orrin G. Hatch Scholars Program-a new education initiative that seeks to cultivate the next generation of public leaders by awarding scholarships to students from across the country who demonstrate academic excellence, personal integrity, and a commitment to civic service. After announcing that undergraduates will be able to apply for the Hatch Scholars Program starting this week, Hatch Foundation Executive Director Matt Sandgren made the following statement:

"Educating and empowering the next generation of leaders is central to the mission of the Hatch Foundation," said Sandgren. "To that end, we have created the Hatch Scholars Program, which will open doors for students who live and work in our nation's capital for many years to come. This program will facilitate hands-on learning experiences in public- and private-sector internships that will prepare undergraduates to take on the challenges of tomorrow. Most importantly, it will help secure the Hatch legacy by selecting individuals with a demonstrated commitment to bipartisan problem-solving, policy research, and public service."

The program will offer scholarships to students who have been accepted to an internship in Washington, DC. Scholarships can be used toward costs associated with internships, including tuition, transportation, rent, and living expenses.

The program is designed to help students get the most from their DC experience and to learn more about the impact of Senator Hatch's leadership along the way. In pursuit of that goal, scholarship recipients will submit an essay at the conclusion of their internship describing what they learned at an event or activity they attended in Washington related to the Senator's legacy. Legacy areas of interest include but are not limited to: the judiciary, health care, religious liberty, finance and trade, intelligence, and public lands.

For more information about the Hatch Scholars Program, click here.