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The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is a scholarship program sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for this program. The scholarship sends two eligible students from each state for an all-expenses-paid week in Washington, D.C., March 7-14, 2020. While in Washington, they hear policy addresses, meet with senators, Cabinet members, and officials of the Departments of State and Defense. Delegates also traditionally participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the president of the United States. 

Upon successful completion of Washington Week, finalists are provided a $10,000 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.

Please click here for the USSYP ApplicationPDF Document. For a description of the program and associated rules, view the brochurePDF Document . 

The following eligibility requirements are set forth by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

  1. Any high school junior or senior student is eligible for the program provided he or she has not previously been a delegate to Washington Week and has not received a USSYP scholarship. 
  2. The student must hold a leadership position in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations during the entire 2019–20 academic year: Please see the brochure​PDF Document for additional information on organizations that do and do not qualify.
  3. RESIDENCY: Each student must be a legal permanent resident or citizen of the United States at the time of application. Students who are not U.S. citizens must be in possession of their I-551 / “green card” at the time of application to be eligible to apply.

Due to the many uncertainties posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Hearst Foundations’ planning for Washington Week 2021 is currently on hold and applications nationwide are NOT being accepted at this time. Please check for updates here that we will post as soon as we have heard from the USSYP with additional information.

For additional questions, contact Ms. Liz Hiler, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education, 100 North First Street, N-253 Springfield, IL 62777-0001.​​​

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