U.S. Senate Youth Program


The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) enters its 56th year of providing high school juniors and seniors with an extensive orientation of all branches of the Federal government and the opportunity to receive a $10,000.00 scholarship.

This fantastic opportunity can only happen if qualifying students apply for the program. To do so, interested students must see that the following things happen:

  1. Fill out Sections A and B of the application. A parent or guardian will sign affirming the accuracy of the information.
  2. Under proctored conditions at school, fill out Section C of the applications using one of the fifteen listed topics picked at random by the counselor. No electronic devices are permitted.
  3. After the student and principal sign the applications, the principal will mail all materials to the WDE. The envelope must be postmarked no later than October 2, 2017.

Once all application packets are reviewed, the eight top finalists will be invited to interview. The top two interviewees will serve as the delegates from Wyoming for the 56th United States Senate Youth Program, to be held March 3 – 10, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Delegates receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. and will meet United States Senators during the Senate reception and tour the Capitol, U.S. Supreme Court Building, and the Pentagon. They also tour historic landmarks and various Smithsonian museums. Each delegate receives a $10,000 scholarship sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The foundation underwrites all Senate Youth Program expenses.

For questions or requests, please call Bruce Hayes, Program Manager, at (307) 777-6198 or email bruce.hayes@wyo.gov.

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