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The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week will be held online the week of March 15, 2021.  The exact timeframe 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. Students may qualify to apply through leadership positions they currently hold per the USSYP official criteria for the current 2020-2021 academic year. If students are unable to hold leadership positions this year due to the pandemic, they can submit the position they held during the 2019-2020 academic year. All student leadership qualifying positions are subject to the judgement of the state selection administrator and will be verified and confirmed.

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 Application. For a description of the program and associated rules, view the brochure
The following eligibility requirements are set forth by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

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

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