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 2017 U.S. Senate Youth Brochure.

The Indiana Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the following individuals will serve as Indiana's delegates to the 2017 U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C.: 

  • Jake Ingoglia, Munster High School, Munster, Indiana
  • Rushi Patel, Avon High School, Avon, Indiana

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be currently serving in an elected or appointed position representing a constituency during the entire 2016-2017 school year
  • Will be attending high school in the U.S. through graduation Spring 2017
  • Interested in and participating in leadership, public service, and government related activities
  • Must be able to attend the entire 2017 Washington Week (March 4-11, 2017)
  • High school principal must sign and verify the student's application submission and nomination to the program


Alex Yom, 2016 U.S. Senate Youth Delegate

Brooke Hanes, 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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