United States Senate Youth Program Scholarship

Scholarship Overview & Description:
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is a scholarship program sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for this program. The scholarship sends two eligible students from each state for an all-expenses-paid week in Washington, D.C., March 7-14, 2020. While in Washington, they hear policy addresses, meet with senators, Cabinet members, and officials of the Departments of State and Defense. Delegates also traditionally participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the president of the United States.

Upon successful completion of Washington Week, finalists are provided a $10,000 scholarship. The Hearst Foundation requires that to obtain scholarship funds, a student must participate in the Washington Week program and use the funds within four years of enrollment at an accredited U.S. college or university. Students are encouraged to include history, political science, or related subjects in their undergraduate program.

Website: USSYP and Hearst Scholarship
2019-20 Hearst Washington Week Brochure: Review Here
Application: Download Here

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a rising high school junior or senior (class of 2020/2021)
  • The student must hold a leadership position in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations during the entire 2019-2020 academic year:
    (1) Student Body president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
    (2) Class president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
    (3) Student Council representative
    (4) A National Honor Society officer (including discipline-based Honor Societies such as the National English and Social Studies Honor Societies that include service components)
    (5) Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission or board) to a local, district, regional or state-level civic, service and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator
  • Must be living in the state (and for these purposes the District of Columbia) that they will represent for the entire 2019 – 2020 academic year
  • Attendance during the entire Washington Week program is required to receive the financial scholarship

Open to DREAMers: No
Renewable: Yes, The scholarship will be issued in either one payment of $10,000 or increments of $5,000 or $2,500
Contact Information: In Illinois, contact Ms. Liz Hiler, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education, Special Education and Support Services at ehiler@isbe.net or call (217) 524-4832