"Maranatha’s mission is to develop leaders for ministry in the local church and the world, “To the Praise of His Glory.” Our students are taught a biblical worldview and a conservative approach to issues. We constantly seek means to a greater focus on how students may have an impact in their world, teaching them to “Go. Serve. Lead.”
To support this effort, we have introduced our students to notable individuals involved in Wisconsin government and conservative causes, including Governor Scott Walker, Representative Dale Kooyenga, Secretary of Revenue Richard Chandler, Strategist Eric O’Keefe, Chief of Staff Eric Schutt, and Attorney General Brad Schimel.
In January 2013 Maranatha initiated a scholarship program to encourage students to become more involved with government on the local and state levels. To assist students, we approached members of the legislative and executive branches of the Wisconsin government and asked if there were opportunities for our students to become involved with their offices.
As a result we had spring 2013 interns work in Governor Scott Walker’s legal office (Hannah Manier ’13); and three students in Representative Dale Kooyenga’s office (Thomas Woodby ’13; Kyle Kutz ’14, and Michael Dean Jr. ’13). Students assisted in the development of the bi-annual state budget for 2014-2015, and provided assistance in many other areas.
Interns in Representative Kooyenga’s office were focused on a tax reform package that gained approval within the legislature in June 2013.
Kooyenga shared, “The interns who worked in our office were especially helpful in researching a number of injustices in the Wisconsin Tax Code. The interns were responsible for developing media and performing the research necessary that proved especially valuable for final passage of the tax reform package.”
Joel Troutman (’14) spent the summer of 2013 with DCinternships.org in a summer program called the Institute on Business and Government Affairs. Joel’s complete story is below.
Our 2015 interns supported Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, Representative Kooyenga, Senator Paul Farrow, and the MacIver Institute. In the summer of 2015 a graduate worked in Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman’s office and an incoming freshman worked for Wisconsin Family Action.
The students participating in the program may earn up to 3 credits toward their degree, and each receives a $500 scholarship. Many have helped with this endeavor, providing the funds that allow us to grant scholarships to these students who are involved in these unpaid internships.
Your gift will assist us in providing $500 scholarships for each of these students.