UNITED STATES SENATE YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
The United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution in 1962 creating the UNITED STATES SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM, a national initiative to provide a yearly opportunity for talented young people with demonstrated leadership abilities to deepen their understanding of America’s political processes and strengthen their resolve to pursue careers in public service. The United States Senate Youth Program brings the highest-level officials from each branch of government together with an outstanding group of high-school students—two high school juniors or seniors from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity—during an intensive week-long educational program held in Washington, D.C. The program is merit based and highly competitive. In addition, each student receives a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.
UNITED STATES SENATE YOUTH FINALISTS NAMED
Congratulations to the following students who were recently named as USSY scholarship finalists. On Saturday, November 22, 2014, each of these students was interviewed and took a government and constitution-based current events exam. The Department of Education hosted these students and their parents for a luncheon at the State Capitol as part of this special day in Harrisburg.
The two state winners are Nathan Bonham and Catherine Zhang and the two alternates are Jennifer Merritt and Daniel Reeves. Nathan and Catherine will attend the 53rd annual program in Washington, D.C. in early March 2015.
Abigail Bentz Susquehannock High School District 8
Nathan Bonham Cowanesque Valley High School District 7
Jeffrey Ebner Interboro High School District 11
Alexandra Kohr Williams Valley High School District 13
Jennifer Merritt Upper Merion High School District 12
Alexander Pereira Holy Ghost Prep District 12
Annabelle Pham Quakertown Community High School District 12
Rachana Nayak Wilson High School District 13
Trey Quealy Norwin High School District 4
Daniel Reeves Hershey High School District 8
Catherine Zhang North Allegheny High School District 3