WASHINGTON, D.C. – With next week’s application deadline approaching, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today encouraged students to apply to attend a collegiate leadership summit in Columbus next month. “Propel Ohio: Collegiate Leadership Summit” is a one-day program aimed at promoting civic engagement and connecting college students with resources on careers related to public service in Ohio. The deadline to apply is September 15.

“The success of our state – and our nation – depends on the commitment, compassion, and engagement of our young people,” Brown said. “For our democracy to thrive and our communities to prosper, we need citizens not only to give back to their communities, but take ownership for improving them. That’s why this summit is so important. By reaching Ohio’s next generation of leaders, we can reaffirm the value of public service and lay the groundwork for a vibrant civic life for generations to come.”

In partnership with the Ohio State University (OSU), the John Glenn Civic Leadership Council, the Ohio Campus Compact, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, Brown’s office will host as many as 300 college students from around the state on Friday, October 16 at OSU. The summit will feature discussions with a number of business and community leaders, including Tanisha Robinson, Co-Founder & CEO at Print Syndicate, who will give the keynote address. The day will conclude with an internship fair where students learn more about organizations and career opportunities in their communities.

Each of Ohio’s two-year and four-year public and private colleges and universities is currently invited to appoint as many as three undergraduate students to attend the program. Interested students can apply to attend the conference here: http://www.brown.senate.gov/propelohio/application. Completed applications will be shared with the schools, who will select students to attend.