The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is an amazing opportunity for motivated junior and senior high school student leaders to have direct contact with the highest-level elected and appointed officials in the nation who meet with them during a week-long intensive educational program in Washington, D.C. Students will meet with the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, U.S. Senators, Cabinet Secretaries and many other leaders. They will visit historic sites, museums and memorials as they learn about the inner workings of the nation's capital. Sponsored by the Senate, the USSYP mission is to encourage the best and brightest students in America's high schools to pursue careers in public service.
Begun in 1962, the USSYP provides for all expenses, including travel and accommodations, as well as a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship for each student. Two students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will be selected, according to the criteria outlined in the official brochure. Additional information can be found at: www.ussenateyouth.org.
The 2020-2021 application is now available and the deadline for submission is December 1, 2020. Principals, Teachers, and guidance counselors are encouraged to nominate high school juniors and seniors serving in an elected or appointed position for the current academic year 2020-2021. 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.
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week will be held online the week of March 14-18, 2021. Selected students must attend Washington Week online to receive the financial scholarship ($10,000).
- 2020-2021 Mississippi United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Application
- 2020-2021 United States Senate Youth Program Brochure