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Applications are open to high school juniors and seniors for the 2015-2016 United States Senate Youth Program. The U.S. Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 5-12, 2016. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by the Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $5,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. Applications are due on October 23, 2015.

Required Application Documents:
    1. Application Form - Student Profile MS-Word
    2. Resume, where you must indicate your leadership activities in the student government, politics, community, music, sport and other extracurricular activities
    3. Cover letter describing why you should be selected to participate in the U.S. Youth Senate Program
    4. An essay of three pages or less responding to one of the five essay topics
    5. A statement of recommendation for the student, not to exceed one single page. The letter may be written by anyone the student selects.
    6. A statement of the specific process used to determine the school's nominee, as publicized within the school. This must be written on official school stationery.

Testimonial PDF   04/21/2015 (83.06 KB)

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