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 2020 United States Senate Youth Brochure.

Due to the many uncertainties posed by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, The Hearst Foundations’ planning for Washington Week 2021 is currently on hold and applications nationwide are NOT being accepted at this time. Please check for updates here that we will post as soon as we have heard from the USSYP with additional information.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be currently serving in an elected or appointed position representing a constituency during the entire school year
  • Will be attending high school in the U.S. through graduation
  • Is interested in and participating in leadership, public service, and government related activities
  • Must be able to attend the entire Washington Week
  • High school principal must sign and verify the student's application submission and nomination to the program
  • Must be a legal permanent resident or citizen of the U.S. 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 the application to be eligible to apply.

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

Application information coming soon.

Contact Tim Kalgreen at for additional information. Please send all correspondence to Indiana Bar Foundation, 615 N. Alabama St. #426, Indianapolis, IN 46204


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