The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is a unique and annual educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Typically, two student leaders from each state will spend a 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 US Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate is also awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week will be held virtually during the week of March 15, 2021. The exact timeframe of the program is to be decided. Two students from each state will be selected to attend the online program and each will receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Students may qualify to apply through leadership positions they currently hold per the USSYP official criteria for the current 2020-21 academic year. If students are unable to hold leadership positions this year due to the pandemic, they can submit the position they held during the 2019-20 academic year. All student leadership qualifying positions are subject to the judgement of the state selection administrator and will be verified and confirmed.
Basic Eligibility Requirements
Delegates from the District of Columbia must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students are permanent residents of the US, and one of their parents or guardians is a legal resident of Washington, DC.
- Students are juniors or seniors in a Washington, DC school.
- Students must have been elected or appointed to one of the following posts for the current school year (2020-21 school year), or the previous school year (2019-20 school year) [this is a concession in case students are not able to currently hold leadership positions; typically eligible leadership roles must be held in the current school year]:
- Student Body president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
- Class president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
- Student Council representative
- A National Honor Society officer (including discipline-based Honor Societies such as the National English and Social Studies Honor Societies that include service components)
- Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission or board) to a local, district, regional or state-level civic, service and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator
The following positions/memberships do not qualify a student for the program:
- Attendance or officer position at Boys/Girls Nation or State summer conference
- Member of the National Honor Society (serving as an elected officer for the organization for the entire school year is acceptable)
- Member or leader of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or JROTC
- A founder or chairperson of a self-created group
- A participant, captain or officer in Mock Trial, Debate Team, Model U.N. or other academic club, conference or competition where the primary engagement is for the individual educational enrichment
You may access the application, instructions, and timeline on the application page.