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United States Senate Youth Program for Wisconsin

US Senate Youth Program

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The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week will be held ONLINE Sunday, March 14, - Thursday, March 18, 2021. Two students from each state will be selected to attend the online program and each student 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.

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), 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. The 59th Anniversary program will be held virtually this year from March14-18, 2021.  (Official 2021 brochure for the program)

Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a virtual 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.

In the past, all transportation, hotel and meal expenses were provided by The Hearst Foundations. 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.

USSYP in Wisconsin

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Letters with information about the USSYP for Wisconsin students are usually mailed out to every public and private high school principal and school counselor the first week of September every year.  Due to the effects of COVID-19 around the country, this mailing will not occur in 2020.  All information will be sent out via email and the Wisconsin Social Studies Listserv.

The application deadline for students this year is Monday, December 7, 2021 at noon


For questions about this information, contact Kristen McDaniel (608) 266-2207