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Indiana Students Selected for United States Senate Youth Program

Students Headed to Washington, D.C. and to Receive $10,000 Scholarship

INDIANAPOLISThe Indiana Bar Foundation announces the 2020 student delegates to the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), sponsored by The Hearst Foundations. Eilidh MacLeod, Evansville, and Aldo Medina, Indianapolis, will represent Indiana at the USSYP Washington Week and will each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate study.

Eilidh MacLeod is a junior at Signature School in Evansville. She is the secretary of her school’s student council. Eilidh also serves as co-president of the school’s government club, co-chair of the local Teen Court and a member of the Indiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council. She plans to attend law school and specialize in public policy and political speechwriting.

Aldo Medina is a senior at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis. He is the co-chair of the Indiana Youth Legislative Advisory Council. He also serves as president of the school’s National Honor Society and a delegate to his school district’s superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. After graduation, Aldo will attend Harvard University to study public policy and government. 

“Both Eilidh and Aldo have shown an incredible display of leadership, poise, and knowledge. Both are wonderful young Hoosiers with so much potential. Their parents, teachers, principals, communities, and the whole of Indiana should be very proud of them,” said Tim Kalgreen, director of civic education at the Indiana Bar Foundation.

This year, 61 young Hoosiers applied for this competitive, merit-based program. The top ten applicants selected then took an exam on government, public affairs and history, wrote an essay and conducted an interview with state judges and attorneys.

The two Indiana delegates will join delegates from the other 49 states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity in Washington, D.C. this spring for the USSYP Washington Week. This is an intensive week-long study of the federal government and the people who lead it. The mission is to help these students gain knowledge about the American political process, gain leadership skills, and build a lifelong commitment to public serve. While in Washington, students will meet attend meetings and briefings with senators, members of the House of Representatives, leaders of cabinet agencies, ambassadors to the United States and members of the national media. Students will also tour many of the national monuments and museums.

In addition to Washington Week, The Hearst Foundations will provide each student with a $10,000 scholarship. All expenses are provided by The Hearst Foundations with no government funds used.

The Indiana Bar Foundation is pleased to also announce the 2020 alternate delegates to the USSYP are David Bender of Park Tudor School, Indianapolis, and Isabella Pastore of North Central High School, Indianapolis. These students would take the place of a delegate should he or she not be available to participate.

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