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.
The 2019-2020 application is now available and the deadline for submission is October 11, 2019. Principals, teachers, and guidance counselors are encouraged to nominate high school juniors and seniors serving in an elected or appointed position within the current academic year and have a strong interest in government and history. Candidates will be considered based on academic achievements, essay question responses, recommendation letters, and performance on the qualifying examination. Additional information can be found at: www.ussenateyouth.org.