$10,000 College Scholarship & Government Leadership Program Opportunity

Senator Richard Blumenthal with Emma Rook, Isha Dalal and Emily Sullivan. Photo courtesy of ussenateyouth.org.

The 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) will be held in Washington, D.C. from March 3-10, 2018.

One hundred and four student delegates – two students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity — will follow an intensive schedule during that week while they learn about the interrelationship between the three branches of government, American history and the importance of public service. The week will include meetings and briefings with the President of the United States, Senators, Cabinet members and other government officials.

A $10,000 college scholarship will be presented to each of the student delegates during the Washington visit. The program is sponsored by the United States Senate and all expenses are covered by The Hearst Foundations including transportation, hotel and meals.

Any high school junior or senior, who has not previously been a delegate to Washington Week or received a USSYP scholarship is eligible to apply provided they are currently serving, for the entire 2017-2018 academic year, in an elected or appointed capacity in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations.

Students applying must be residing in the U.S. during the 2018 spring semester to apply:

  • Student body president, vice president, secretary or treasurer.
  • Class president, vice president, secretary or treasurer.
  • Student council representative.
  • National Honor Society officer
  • Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission or board) to a district, regional or state-level civic and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator.

The positions listed below do NOT qualify the student for the program:

  • Attendance or officer position at Boys/Girls Nation/State summer conference
  • Member of the National Honor Society (serving as an elected officer for the organization for the entire school year is acceptable)
  • A founder or chairman of a self-created group
  • A participant, captain or officer in Mock Trial, Model U.N. or other academic club, conference or competition

Each student must be a legal permanent resident of the United States and currently enrolled in a public or private secondary school located in the state in which either one of his/her parents or guardians legally reside. Exceptions to this will be made only in the cases of the Department of Defense Education Activity and public schools under interstate compacts – see brochure for details.

Students may access the USSYP website www.ussenateyouth.org and download the 2018 announcement brochure as well as view the 2017 program yearbook for more background.

Additionally, students may obtain information regarding application procedures in their state by accessing the home page of the USSYP website – applications may also be available through high school principals, guidance counselors and history or civics teachers.

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