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The 61st United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) provides an opportunity for qualified high school juniors and seniors to deepen their understanding of America’s political processes. Please make sure this opportunity is available to all interested students. Qualifications for this program are located at: in the brochure.

The 61st annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week is being planned for March 4–11, 2023. The program may be held online pending public health guidance and status of large group access to the government venues traditionally visited. If held in person, all delegates will be required to be fully vaccinated and boosted to attend.


All eligible students are encouraged to apply. A final decision regarding the in-person program will be determined in the fall of 2022, with adequate time for students to complete the full vaccination series prior to travel. If held online, vaccination status will not be required. Students must attend the program to receive the scholarship. Regardless of platform, all student delegates will partake in a comprehensive, interactive leadership program in the stated timeframe, and each will receive the $10,000 college scholarship in the name of the United States Senate.


All materials must be received by the DEADLINE of OCTOBER 7, 2022 at 8PM. 


Applications submitted after 8PM on October 15 will not be considered. 


Upon submission of your application, you will receive an email receipt; this signifies that we have received your application. The email address listed on this application will receive a link to the essay at the time selected - please ensure you are available and connected to the internet on the applicable date.


Step 1 - Complete THIS FORM and look for the emailed receipt notifying we received your submission.


Step 2 - Essay questions will be emailed to applicants identified as qualified by the selection committee. Applicants must select either Saturday October 8 or Monday October 10 as  a date to complete the 60-minute timed essay portion via Google Form. Essay questions will be sent to the email included in this application at the selected start time. Applicants are encouraged to make arrangements in advance of the essay to ensure access to a computer and connectivity to the internet.


Step 3 - Students who are selected as finalists will be asked to interview on either the morning of Saturday, November 5 of the evening of Monday, November 7. 


Read About the 2022 Winners Here.
Read About the 2021 Winners Here.

Read About the 2020 Winners Here.

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