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Sen. Blake Tillery Announces Third Biennial Youth Legislator Scholarship Contest

ATLANTA (October 6, 2020) | Sen. Blake Tillery (R – Vidalia) has just announced that the application window for his Third Youth Legislator Scholarship Contest will open on October 12, 2020, to any middle and high school students residing in Senate District 19. As part of the process, candidates will be asked to submit an essay on one of two prompts related to inspiring youth to get involved with the state government process before the November 20, 2020 deadline.

“With each new iteration of the contest, I continue to be amazed by the ingenuity of our students, “ said Sen. Tillery. “These bright, innovative minds have a unique way of approaching things and oftentimes, can offer insight about rural Georgia and the political sphere in ways that go past our general ways of thinking. This is especially true when it comes to their needs, both during the current pandemic and beyond. I have no doubt the young residents of our area will be future leaders and drivers of growth and for that, I’m looking forward to reading their suggestions and finding ways we can get these students actively involved in the legislative process.”

Sen. Tillery’s Youth Legislator Scholarship Contest is awarded biennially to public, private and homeschooled students based on their execution of the proposed essay subjects. This year, the topics are centralized around two main themes: (a) how has the COVID-19 pandemic affected social interactions and what do you hope to see as we return to normal conditions; or (b) what incentivizes you to build a life and career in rural Georgia, and what steps should the state take to encourage young individuals to stay in these non-metropolitan areas. The winners will be announced on January 22, 2021, with a first place prize of $250, a second place price of $150 and a third place prize of $100.

For more information on the contest, please visit the link here or contact Jordan Powell at or (912) 537 – 3030.

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Sen. Blake Tillery is the Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee. He represents the 19th Senate District, which includes Appling, Jeff Davis, Long, Montgomery, Telfair, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne, and Wheeler counties and a portion of Liberty and Tattnall counties.  He can be reached at 404.656.0089 or by email at