Northwestern State University Student Government Association President Nicholas Hopkins has been accepted to the Governor’s Fellowship Program. Students participating in the 10-week Lamar Governor’s Fellows Programs in Louisiana Government were assigned to cabinet-level agencies for a close observation of government in the non-partisan program that began June 2.
Students are chosen for the program because of high academic performance, devotion to the state of Louisiana and interest in public service.
Hopkins was assigned to the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP).
“I’m really excited to be working with this department, because I’m with them for the COVID pandemic as well as hurricane season,” Hopkins said. “GOHSEP is unique because it is a state department that is funded largely with federal dollars with only a small portion of state funds, as this is the case with this department in other states. Part of my fellowship will consist of looking at how other states use their state capitol compared to Louisiana. I’m really looking forward to my assignment because I will be able to not only witness but participate in bureaucratic efforts to help our great state at this time.”
Hopkins is a business major from Bossier City.
Hopkins follows in the footsteps of NSU’s previous SGA President Jacob Ellis who was selected for the program last year and was assigned to the Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control where he studied the craft brewery industry and researched how craft breweries can grow and help the state’s economy.