What is the United States Senate Youth Program?
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a virtual week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.
For additional information, please review the USSYP brochure on the William Randolph Hearst Foundation website at http://ussenateyouth.org/.
Each student applicant must be a permanent resident of the United States and currently a junior or senior enrolled in a public or private high school. The school must be located in the state in which either one of the applicant's parents or guardians legally reside. The student applicant must currently be serving in an elected capacity in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations and continue to serve in that elected position for the entire 2020-21 school year:
- Student body: President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer
- Class President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer
- Student Council: Representative
- District, regional, or state-level civic or educational organizations: Representative.
- School clubs (e.g., Chess Club) are not considered civic or educational organizations
A student attending a school located in a state other than the state of legal residence of his or her parents or guardians is not eligible.
Selection will be based on academic accomplishments, community service, and demonstrated qualities of leadership for the current school year.
Students may qualify to apply through leadership positions they currently hold per the USSYP official criteria for the current 2020-2021 academic year, OR if students are unable to hold leadership positions this year due to the pandemic, they can submit a qualifying position held during the 2019-2020 academic year. All student leadership positions are subject to the judgement and verification of the state selection administrators.
Who is eligible to apply?
Each student applicant must meet all of the following criteria:
- U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident (proof required)
- Currently enrolled in an accredited public or private high school (home school students must belong to a home school association, or the Education Alliance group, located in Nevada in which either one of his/her parents or guardians legally resides)
- Currently serve in an elected or selected capacity in any one of the following student government, civic, or educational organizations: student body president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer
- class president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer
- student council representative
- 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
- home school students must be an elected or selected officer or student representative to a district, regional, state-level or national civic or educational organization (include the name of the organization, the elected office, and briefly summarize the election/selection process in Section 1 of the application)
What are the requirements?
Each student application must meet the following required guidelines:
- Demonstrate leadership qualities through public service in elected or appointed positions
- Actively serve in qualified leadership positions for the entire 2020-21 academic year
- Exhibit high academic achievement
- Understand U.S. government and history
- Involved in school and community activities
- Write with clarity, express ideas in an organized and original fashion, and appropriate use of standard English
- Exhibit excellent interpersonal skills
- Participate in school and community activities
- Virtually attend Washington Week, March 14-March 18. The online program is mandatory and the winner will be excused from school just as if the program was held in person.
- Willing and available to attend an interview (either in person or via video conference) with the selection committee if necessary.
Each high school can nominate two students, additionally, students may self-nominate. Students can be nominated by completing student nomination form. All nominations must be submitted by 5pm November 2, 2020.
Nominated students will receive an application on November 4, 2020. Students must submit their full application by 5 PM, December 6, 2020. Applications must include:
- Four letters of recommendation
Completed applications must be submitted by 5pm on December 6, 2020. Please submit to Jaynie Malorni at email@example.com
Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
If you have any questions regarding the United States Senate Youth Program, please contact: Jaynie Malorni at firstname.lastname@example.org