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 SCHOLARSHIP NOW AVAILABLE
Applications for the 2015 U.S. Senate Youth Scholarships are now available. The due date for submission of the application is October 15, 2014.
Hardcopies of the USSY brochure and the application are mailed to all high school principals in late August, but electronic copies can be found below. Potential applicants should talk with their principal and guidance counselor to be on the look out for that mailing which comes from the PA Dept of Ed. Each high school may nominate one junior or senior and the application must be signed by the principal. Each school has their own process for selecting the school nominee.
Ten applicants will be selected as finalists and will be interviewed in Harrisburg on November 22, 2014. From those finalists, two representatives and two alternates will be selected to represent Pennsylvania in March 2015 in Washington, D.C.
All school nominees for the U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship will be invited to attend the PASC Student Summit in Harrisburg in February 2015 along with other representatives from high schools across the state.