US Senate Youth Program

Educational Experience

The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by US Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The 57th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 2-9, 2019.

Qualified junior or senior high school students must show demonstrated leadership through public service in elected or appointed positions in organizations that relate to government, public affairs, history, and/or community service. They must be actively serving in qualified leadership positions for the entire 2018-2019 academic year.

Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity 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 U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. 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.

2019 USSYP Brochure
2019 USSYP Brochure
2019 USSYP Brochure.pdf
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We would like to congratulate the 2018 Florida Delegates, Stephen Marante and Carlee Goldberg (pictured below), as well as the alternates, Zoe Terner and Ava Joy Cockey. When selected, Stephen was a senior at Coral Springs High School located in Broward County, Florida, and held the position of Student Advisor to the School Board of Broward County. Carlee was a senior at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida, and served as the President of the National Honor Society and Founder/President of StudentsLink.

2018 USSY Students


Due date: October 19, 2018 (midnight)
Skype meetings with the Selection Committee: TBD

To Apply:

1. Download and complete the supplemental application packet.

USSYP Supplemental Application 2018-2019docx

2. Complete the online application, including uploading the supplemental application materials when prompted at the end of the application.

Outline of the Online Application

  • Personal information
  • School information
  • Grade point average (current academic year)
  • Community service hours (Sophomore – Senior year)
  • Leadership positions (all years of high school)
  • Community involvement (all years of high school)
  • Special recognition, awards, and honors (all years of high school)

Items to be Uploaded With Online Application

  • Essays from essay prompts – please provide in one document, Word or PDF
  • Two letters of recommendation: one must be from school administration (principal, vice principal, or counselor) – one document, signed and scanned, PDF
  • Verification of leadership position form – one document, signed and scanned, PDF

Additional Selection Details

Alternate delegates will be selected as replacements in the event a primary delegate is unable to participate in Washington Week. If the primary delegate is unable to attend, The Hearst Foundation must be notified in advance. Attendance during the Washington Week program is required to receive the financial scholarship; appropriate disposition of scholarship funds will be determined by the program director in the event of health or other emergency in the immediate family precluding attendance at the program.

Selection will be based on the student’s outstanding abilities and demonstrated qualities of leadership in an elected or appointed high school student office for the 2016-2017 school year. A student who graduates high school at the close of the fall 2016 semester/quarter is not eligible to apply for the program, and students other than DoDEA delegates must be residing in the U.S. during the 2017 spring semester to participate.

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 2016-2017 academic year, in an elected or appointed capacity in any one of the following student government, civic, or educational organizations:

  1. Student body president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
  2. Class president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
  3. Student council representative
  4. A National Honor Society officer (including discipline-based Honor Societies such as the National English and Social Studies Honor Societies that include service components)
  5. Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by panel, commission, or board) to a district, regional or state-level civic and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator
  6. For a list of positions that do not qualify a student for the USSYP, please refer to the program brochure, section 2 under “How to Qualify”

Each student must be a resident of the United States and currently enrolled in a public or private secondary school located in the state (including for these purposes the District of Columbia) in which at least one of his or her parents or guardians currently resides. A student attending a school which is located in a state other than the state of residence of either one of such student’s parents or guardians is not eligible.

Exceptions to the residency requirement will only be made in the following cases:

  1. Students from Department of Defense Education Activity will represent the state(s) of which the parents/guardians are U.S. legal voting residents. Students attending DoD schools in the U.S. or students enrolled through U.S. military bases in the local schools will represent the state in which their school is located.
  2. Students may reside in a state other than the state in which they attend school if they are enrolled in the only designated public high school available to them in a school district that legally crosses contiguous state borders through legal interstate agreement. Students in these schools shall make application to the program through the state where the high school is located and shall represent that state if selected.

Rules while attending the Washington Week program:

Official Rules

Apply early and email if you have any questions.

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