U.S. Senate Youth Program

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Contact Information

Education Consultant
Madison Lacey
(307) 777-6840
madison.lacey@wyo.gov

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 59th Annual Washington Week was successfully held online. The 60th Annual Washington Week will take place March 5 – 12, 2022, with current planning for a timely national selection process and an in-person program in Washington, D.C., pending public health and safety guidelines for travel and indoor gatherings. Please check this site for updates as we monitor the situation.

The United States Senate Youth Program, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The scholarship program has been fully funded and administered by the Hearst Foundation, since established by the U.S. Senate Resolution in 1962; no government funds are utilized. 

Each year, two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a 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 meetings with the President and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.  All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be 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. 

Wyoming’s application for the program’s 2022 selection will be open August 15 – October 16, 2021. 

A qualified applicant is a junior or senior who is actively serving in an elected or appointed capacity in student government, civic, or education organizations during the current 2021-2022 academic school year. 

This includes:

  • Student body president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer. 
  • Class president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer. 
  • Student Council representative.
  • National Honor Society officer (including discipline-based Honor Societies such as the National English Society and Social Studies Honor Societies that include service components).
  • Student representative (elected or appointed by a panel, commission, or board) to a local, district, regional, or state-level civic, service, and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator. 
  • Students will need to complete the online application here. The school principal and parents will be notified after the application is complete. 

The program’s 2022 application must be completed by October 16, 2021. Finalists will be selected and interviewed in early November. The top two interviewees will serve as the delegates from Wyoming for the United States Senate Youth Program, to be held March 5 – 12, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

To apply for the U.S. Senate Youth Program scholarship opportunity, click here

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