United States Senate Youth Program


The United States 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. 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 William Randolph Hearst Foundation. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. For additional information, please review the 2018 U.S. Senate Youth Brochure.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be currently serving in an elected or appointed position representing a constituency during the entire 2017-2018 school year
  • Will be attending high school in the U.S. through graduation Spring 2018
  • Interested in and participating in leadership, public service, and government related activities
  • Must be able to attend the entire 2018 Washington Week (March 3-10, 2018)
  • High school principal must sign and verify the student's application submission and nomination to the program

Important Dates:

  • September 30, 2017: Application Deadline
  • November 4, 2017: Top Ten Day - Written Exam and Individual Interviews
  • Mid-December, 2017: Delegates and Alternates notified by the Hearst Foundation
  • May 3-10, 2018: Washington Week for Delegates


Jake Ingoglia, 2017 U.S. Senate Youth Delegate

Rushi Patel, 2017 U.S. Senate Youth Delegate

Brooke Hanes, 2016 U.S. Senate Youth Delegate

Alex Yom, 2016 U.S. Senate Youth Delegate

Application Process:

Chronology of Activities

Summary of Rules and Criteria

Application Instructions

Nomination Form

Contact Collin Gruver at or (317) 608-6503 for additional information. Please send all correspondence to Indiana Bar Foundation, Attn: Collin Gruver, 615 N. Alabama St. #122, Indianapolis, IN 46204


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