Special Education Services

new United States Senate Youth Program 2015-16
Hearst Scholarship

High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for this program. The first phase of this program brings two students from each state to Washington, D.C., March 5-12, 2016, to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Delegates will be immersed in Washington activities throughout their week-long stay.

Visits to the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and Pentagon are interspersed with time spent at various Smithsonian museums. Delegates will hear policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials of various executive departments, and others. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation will pay all expenses for the week, including transportation, hotel, and meals.

The second phase awards both recipients a college scholarship of $5,000.00. The Hearst Foundation requires that to obtain scholarship funds, a student must, within two years after high school graduation, enroll at an accredited U. S. college or university. The student is encouraged to include courses in government or related subjects to his or her undergraduate program.

A letter from the state superintendent, brochure, and application concerning the USSYP and Hearst Scholarship is sent to high schools in August. Applications can be obtained from guidance counselors or by choosing the application link in the Resource Box at right. Choose the brochure link for a description of the program and associated rules. The deadline to apply is 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 7, 2015. (Electronic submissions NOT accepted - including faxes - application must contain original signatures.)

More information on this and other programs can be obtained at In Illinois, contact Ms. Sally Veach, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education, Special Education and Support Services (N-243), 100 North First Street, Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001. Phone 217/782-5589 or e-mail