Charlie Kirk Teams Up with Kyle Kashuv To Give Parkland Kids Special Scholarship


As most of the media have left Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, one student is still making moves in his politically divided school.

Kyle Kashuv has teamed up with Turning Point USA’s founder Charlie Kirk to create the High School Leadership Summit, which will be held from July 24 – July 26 at George Washington University.

“Throughout the conference, attendees will hear from some of the nation’s most well-known conservative leaders and activists, receive first-class activism and leadership training, and network with other attendees and organizations from all across the country,” the event webpage reads.

The conference speakers include Kashuv, Kirk, Rep. Steve Scalise, Sen. Rand Paul and Donald Trump Jr.

“After attending the Turning Point USA Young Woman’s Leadership Summit, I saw the impact the event had on every individual that attended. I had come on to the TPUSA team 2 months before and was tasked with chairing the High School Leadership Summit,” Kashuv told The Western Journal.

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However, Kashuv does not want to focus just on conservative students. He wants to bring his classmates to the conference as well so that they can learn how to be activists and leaders in this country.

“I realized how amazing the HSLS experience will be for my classmates and immediately knew how needed it was,” Kashuv said. “Charlie had mentioned to me a few months ago that he wanted to arrange a scholarship for my Parkland classmates. At the time, I didn’t think much of it. I definitely didn’t think he would do a full ride scholarship.”

But Kashuv and Kirk worked together to create the Parkland scholarship so that students can attend the conference, with lodging and transportation to and from, free of charge, according to Red State.

“Through Charlie’s leadership, the scholarship became a reality. I can’t wait to greet my classmates there and give them an incredible experience,” Kashuv told The Western Journal.

Do you think this is a good opportunity for Parkland students?

This will be a great opportunity for the students to bridge the political lines that have divided their school since the tragic shooting in February.

As the country debated gun laws on the national level, the students at Marjory Douglas had to choose sides as well. They either sided with David Hogg and his fellow gun-control activists or Kashuv who has drawn attention for his pro-Second Amendment views.

While Hogg and company have been outspoken against anyone who remotely wants to suggest less drastic gun measures, Kashuv was working with lawmakers to come up with a bipartisan solution to the issue that has led to so many tragic shootings like the one that happened at his school.

And unlike the rest of the lawmakers and people who were taking part of the debate, Kashuv and his classmates couldn’t just hide behind their computer screens. They had to face each other in their classrooms.

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“This year has been tough on my classmates and caused a political divide,” Kashuv said. “TPUSA is bridging that gap and bringing us together as a cohesive unit. For that, I am forever grateful to Charlie and his amazing leadership and mentorship.”

Hopefully students from Parkland as well as other young leaders across the country take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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