United States Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is an annual high school scholarship competition sponsored jointly by the U.S. Senate and the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The USSYP scholarship is designated for undergraduate college study only at an accredited United States college or university. It is a national initiative to provide a yearly opportunity for talented young people with demonstrated leadership abilities to deepen their understanding of America’s political processes and strengthen their resolve to pursue careers in public service. Two students will be selected from each state and the District of Columbia and each student will receive a $10,000 award.

The United States Senate Youth Program began in 1962. The Hearst Foundations is pledged to support the funding and administration of the program as long as the Senate would sponsor it.


  • 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.
  • The student is required to be actively serving in an elected or appointed capacity in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations during the entire 2016-2017 school year
  • Participation in academic clubs and/or educational competition programs or conferences do not qualify a student for the USSYP, although many students who qualify participate in such.
  • Each student must be a permanent resident of the United States and currently enrolled in a public or private secondary school located in the state (including for these purposes the District of Columbia) in which at least one of their parents or guardians currently resides.
  • Students other than DoDEA delegates must be residing in the U.S. during the 2017 spring semester to participate.

How to Apply:

Entering high school juniors and seniors may obtain a USSYP application through their high school principals, guidance counselors, and social studies teachers OR they may inquire directly to their state selection contacts using this link: http://ussenateyouth.org/selection_process_administrators/

Award Amount:

  • Two students will be selected from each state and the District of Columbia.
  • The Hearst Foundations will provide $1,000 to each state-level department of education to assist with the selection expenses 
for the program, and will provide a rigorous public affairs examination that states may use in the selection process.

Application Deadline:

The chief state school officer from each state, the District of Columbia and DoDEA must submit in writing to The Hearst Foundations by December 1, 2016, the names of their two delegates and alternates

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