2014 Palmetto Girls State
June 8-14, 2014
Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC
Welcome to the online home for Palmetto Girls State. Palmetto Girls State is a one-week leadership and citizenship training program, created to educate outstanding high school students about state and local government and citizenship. Girls attending Palmetto Girls State experience governmental procedure by simulating political campaigns, elections, and the political process. They also learn about the principles of citizenship and public service from guest speakers, expert panels and staff members.
The delegates, who are rising seniors in high school, are selected for the program based on the leadership skills and involvement they have shown in their respective schools and communities. As citizens of Palmetto Girls State, the delegates are divided into groups of about 30 called "cities." They will create local governments, devise political party platforms and ultimately elect a Senate, a House of Representatives, and state constitutional officers.
The South Carolina Department of the American Legion Auxiliary has organized and administered Palmetto Girls State since 1947.
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Samsung Scholarship Program
Samsung has endowed a scholarship fund to provide scholarships to descendants of U.S. wartime veterans. Participants in Girls State are eligible to apply for this scholarship if they are direct descendants of a U.S. veteran who served during a period of war.
ACE Network College Credit
Thanks to a partnership between Clemson University and The ACE Network, delegates of Palmetto Girls State are eligible to earn college credit for their participation in Palmetto Girls State thereby getting a head start on their college career.
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