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Student selected for summer institute

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship has selected Chattanooga’s DeMarcus Pegues, a William E. Brock, Jr. and Provost Scholar, as one of twenty-four young men to participate in its summer leadership program in Washington, DC. He was chosen from hundreds of applicants from universities all over the country to be part of the fifth class of the Institute.

Pegues majors in psychology. At the University, Pegues assists an instructor with a doctoral dissertation on cancer and its effects on cognitive ability. Last summer, he worked as a camp counselor, providing mentorship and teaching assistance to children (grades K-7). After graduate school, DeMarcus intends to work as an industrial/organizational psychologist.

“Each year, our students arrive in Washington, DC for intensive internships, rigorous courses at Georgetown University, and leadership training. The classes give them the fundamental constitutional and economic principles they will need to be great leaders,” said Institute founder William Keyes.

Students live on campus in university housing provided by the Institute during the program. When not at work or in class, students are treated to intimate meetings with high-level government officials, which in past years have included Supreme Court Justices, the Secretary of State, U.S. Senators, U.S. Congressmen, and business leaders.

The Institute for Responsible Citizenship admits twenty-four exceptional minority male students each year for its two-summer program at Georgetown University. During the first summer, students take courses on campus while interning in the DC Metro area. A generous stipend is provided to cover the cost of transportation and food . During the second summer, students work full-time and act as mentors to the twenty-four newly admitted young men.

When not at work or in class, students are treated to intimate meetings with high-level government officials, which in past years have included Supreme Court Justices, the Secretary of State, U.S. Senators, U.S. Congressmen, and business leaders.

For more information on the Institute for Responsible Citizenship visit http://www.i4rc.org.

May 11, 2007