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 2021 United States Senate Youth Brochure.

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week will be held online the week of March 15, 2021. 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 2020-2021 academic year. If students are unable to hold leadership positions this year due to the pandemic, they can submit the position they held during the 2019-2020 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 November 15, 2020 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 think is the biggest challenge currently facing America, and what can a high school student do to impact it?
    • Essay should be 300-500 words.  Essay should not have any student-identifying marks (name, school, grade, etc)
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Eligibility Criteria

  • Review the 2021 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 (2020-21)
    • If you are unable to hold leadership positions this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can submit the position held during the 2019-20 academic year
  • 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 15-19)
    • 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)
September 22 – Application window opens
November 15 – Applications due
December 18 – Applicants advancing to the Top Ten notified
January 9 – Top Ten interview day
February 5 – Delegates and Alternates Announced
March 15 – Online Washington Week begins

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 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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