The Partnership is pleased to announce that Senators George Voinovich (R-OH) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) have introduced the bipartisan Roosevelt Scholars Act of 2009. The legislation would create a civilian ROTC program by offering scholarships in mission-critical fields including science, engineering, public health, information technology, foreign languages and law, in exchange for a federal service commitment.
More than 140 leaders of colleges and universities, nonprofits, associations and good government organizations have signed a letter of support, which is circulating on Capitol Hill. More than a thousand individuals have signed an online petition.
Representatives David Price (D-NC) and Michael Castle (R-DE) introduced the Roosevelt Scholars Act in the House on July 31, 2009.
The Roosevelt Scholars Act would create a scholarship program to fund education in mission-critical fields in exchange for a federal service commitment. The Act would establish a small foundation to administer the scholarships (tuition and living expenses) of up to $60,000 per year, for a maximum of five years, for students to complete a degree in high-skill, high-need fields including engineering, information technology, foreign languages and public health. In return, these scholars would commit to three to five years of service in a federal government agency. The model is similar to the military's ROTC program, which has proven to be an outstanding source of new talent for our nation's armed forces.
The Roosevelt Scholars program would incentivize more of the talented young people our government needs to enter the federal civil service. The program is necessary because our federal government faces an unprecedented workforce crisis as experienced workers begin to retire and the pipeline of talent available to replace them continues to thin. Ultimately, the Roosevelt Scholars program would help restore prestige to federal service by raising awareness about federal opportunities and rebranding the government as a place where the best and brightest go to make a difference.
Support for the Roosevelt Scholars Act is growing every day! Many college and university presidents and nonprofit and association leaders have signed on to letters of support to Reps. Price and Castle and Sens. Voinovich and Gillibrand. If your organization would like to add its name to our master letter, please contact Margot Conrad at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to show your support for this program, please call, email, or write a letter to your Senators or Representative.
The Partnership for Public Service is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that works to revitalize our federal government by inspiring a new generation to serve and by transforming the way government works.