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Thank you for your interest in the United States Senate Youth Program/Hearst Scholarship. At this time, Illinois is no longer accepting applicants for the 2021 United States Senate Youth Program. Semifinalists have been notified of the next phase; the finalists and alternates will be announced in early 2021.

We would like to commend all applicants for their academic work and interest in government and wish you well as you pursue your interests in government, politics, and school and community service.

Please direct inquiries and questions to Elizabeth Hiler, ehiler@isbe.net.

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week will be held online the week of March 15, 2021. The exact time frame 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. The Hearst Foundation requires that to obtain scholarship funds, a student must participate in the Washington Week program and use the funds within four years of enrollment at an accredited U.S. college or university. Students are encouraged to include history, political science, or related subjects in their undergraduate program.

For a description of the program and associated rules, view the brochure​.

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