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Thank you for your interest in the United States Senate Youth Program Hearst Scholarship opportunity. For 61​ years the United States Senate Youth Program has tapped a vital reservoir of talent from America’s high schools. Senator Susan Collins of Maine, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, the former chief judge of the of the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, a former governor, former ambassadors, presidential advisors and many current and former aides in every branch and level of government are all alumni of the program.

Two students will come to Washington, D.C. (or attend a virtual program if required during the pandemic) and learn about government from a perspective few people ever get to see. They will meet their peers from across the nation, be immersed in a premier leadership experience, and receive a $10,000 college scholarship in the name of the United States Senate. Through our partnership with you, the most outstanding young people in the country are encouraged to become leaders in government and public service.

During Washington Week the students will attend briefings and meetings with several senators, the president of the United States, a justice of the Supreme Court, Cabinet secretaries, and an ambassador to the United States, other federal agency leaders and senior members of the national media. Each speaking event includes a substantial question and answer session allowing the students direct and personal interaction with the high-level leadership. While in D.C., the students also tour national monuments, memorials and historic sites. This in-depth exposure is precisely what fuels and sustains the students’ commitment to making a difference in their country, communities and schools.

List of application procedures and policies including basic qualifications:

  • Must be currently serving in an elected or appointed position representing a constituency during ​the entire 2022-2023 school year: see USSYP Brochure for qualifying positions.
  • Will be attending high school in your state in the U.S. through graduation Spring 2023.
  • Interested in and participating in leadership, public service and government related activities.
  • Must be able to attend the entire 2023 in-person or online Washington Week March 4-11, 2023.
  • High school principal, guidance counselor or history / government teacher must sign and verify the student’s application submission and nomination to the program.

Students must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents at the time of application to the U.S. Senate Youth Program. State qualified students must be serving in an elected or appointed position in student government or other educational or civic organization representing a constituency of their peers for the entire academic year in which they apply for USSYP.

The following eligibility requirements are set forth by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. Learn more about the program and associated rules.​PDF Document​​​​​

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