Apply for the U.S. Senate Youth Program
About the Program
The U.S. Senate Youth Program is an excellent opportunity for high school juniors and seniors to deepen their knowledge of the Senate and the federal government overall, as well as receive a one-time five thousand dollar college scholarship to the undergraduate college of their choice. Begun in 1962 through Senate Resolution, the program is sponsored by the Senate each year to encourage high school students to pursue careers in public service.
Two high school juniors or seniors are selected each year from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity to serve as delegates to Washington Week, a week-long educational program that takes place in Washington, D.C. Public and private high school teachers and principals nominate qualified students beginning in early fall.
To qualify, students must hold student body office or another elected or appointed position in their communities and show academic interest and aptitude in government, history, and politics. The chief state school officer makes the final selection by December 1. The program is merit-based and highly competitive and the chosen delegates are consistently outstanding.