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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 7-14, 2020, to participate in the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Delegates will be immersed in Washington activities throughout their week-long stay.

Delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, Cabinet members, officials of the Departments of State and Defense, and leaders of other federal agencies. They will also participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the president of the United States. 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 $10,000.00. 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.

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 clicking on the USSYP Application link under Resources at left. Choose the brochure link for a description of the program and associated rules. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, October 1, 2019​. 

More information on this and other programs can be obtained on the United States Senate Youth Program website. In Illinois, contact Ms. Liz Hiler, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education, Special Education and Support Services (N-243), 100 North First Street, Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001. ​

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