Students From Las Vegas and Reno High Schools have been Selected to Receive $10,000 U.S. Senate Youth Scholarships

Immediate Release


Greg Bortolin
Carson City, NV - December 07, 2016

Emmanuel Berrelleza from Las Vegas High School and Lauren Lim from Reno High School have been selected as the 2017 U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP) winners. The award comes with a week-long trip to Washington D.C. in addition to $10,000 college scholarships.

“This is a great opportunity for students who are engaged in student government to see our nation’s capital up close while at the same time receiving financial help for college,” said Steve Canavero, Ph.D, Superintendent of Public Instruction. “These students will get to meet officials from every branch of government and get exposure to our political process.”

This also includes engagement with Nevada’s U.S. Senators, Dean Heller and Catherine Cortez-Masto (elect).

Berrelleza earned the distinction of being the first delegate for the USSYP scholarship. He is a junior at Las Vegas High, but will graduate early. He is the National Honor Society President, a Student Council Representative, Math Club Vice President, Model United Nations President and founder. He is also the founder of a non-profit organization named “Face it.”

Lim is the second delegate. She is the Reno High Student Body Vice President and Film Club public relations officer. She recently hosted the Nevada Association of Student Councils State conference at her school and is completing a Gifted and Talented Education internship by shadowing a medical doctor.

The first alternate is Ambika Verma, a senior, who is the Senior Class Vice President and Student Council Secretary at West Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas. The second alternate is Skyler Draw Bradley, also a senior, who is a cabinet member of the Las Vegas Academy Student Council as well as a Model United Nation’s member.

The U.S. Senate created the USSYP to provide a yearly opportunity for talented young people with demonstrated leadership abilities to deepen their understanding of America's political processes and strengthen their resolve to pursue careers in public service. The USSYP brings the highest-level officials from each branch of government together with an outstanding group of high school students, two from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity for an intensive week-long educational program held in Washington, D.C. The program is merit-based and highly competitive. Each student also receives a one-time $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship funded by the Hearst Foundations with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. Students receiving these scholarships are serving in an elected capacity in student government, civic or educational organizations and continue to serve in that elected position for the entire 2016-17 school year.