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 2022 United States Senate Youth Brochure.

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week will be held online the week of March 5-12, 2022. The exact timeframe of the program is to be decided. Two students from each state will be selected to attend the online program and each will receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Students may qualify to apply through leadership positions they currently hold per the USSYP official criteria for the current 2021-2022 academic year. All student leadership qualifying positions are subject to the judgement of the state selection administrator and will be verified and confirmed.

All interested students must submit the online application by October 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm eastern. Applications must be submitted online; no mailed in applications will be accepted. Applicants should plan to submit all materials at one time as the submission site does not allow you to return to a partially completed application.

Application requires:

  • Completed online application
  • One-page student résumé
  • Principal letter of support
  • Essay
    • Topic: What do you believe is the most important role of a citizen? Explain.
    • Essay should be 300-500 words.  Essay should not have any student-identifying marks (name, school, grade, etc)
Apply here

Eligibility Criteria

  • Review the 2022 United States Senate Youth Brochure for complete rules and details
  • Must be currently serving in an elected or appointed position representing a constituency during the entire school year (2021-22)
  • Must be a junior or senior attending high school in the U.S. through graduation
  • Interested in and participating in leadership, public service, and government-related activities
  • Able to attend the entire Washington Week (March 5-12)
    • Exact timeframe of the program to be decided, but is expected to take place over the course of 2-4 days in that week
  • High School principal must provide a letter of support and verify student’s participation in the leadership activities within this letter.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident at the time of application.
    • Students who are not U.S. citizens must be in possession of their I-551/”green card” at the time of application

Timeline (subject to change)
August 1 – Application window opens
October 1 – Applications due
October 22 – Applicants advancing to the Top Ten notified
October 30 – Top Ten interview day
December 1 – Delegates and Alternates Announced -NEW!
March 5 – Online Washington Week begins

Katherine LaReau, 2021 U.S. Senate Youth Delegate
Marissa Meador, 2021 U.S. Senate Youth Delegate
Connor Meyer, 2018 U.S. Senate Youth Delegate
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

Contact Joseph O'Connor at [email protected] for additional information. Please send all correspondence to Indiana Bar Foundation, 615 N. Alabama St. #426, Indianapolis, IN 46204


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