United States Senate Youth ProgramAnnual scholarship competition administered by the California Department of Education.
In 1962, the United States Senate unanimously passed a resolution creating the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), a national nonpartisan initiative to provide an annual opportunity for talented high school students with demonstrated leadership abilities to deepen their understanding of America's political processes and strengthen their resolve to pursue careers in public service. Each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity select two student delegates to participate in the USSYP.
The delegates receive a $10,000 college scholarship and attend a one-week, all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. from March 7–14, 2020, to deepen their understanding of America's political processes and strengthen their interest and desire for a career in public service.
Students must be nominated by their high school principal to be considered for the USSYP and cannot apply to the USSYP directly.
IMPORTANT! Nominated students must be high school juniors or seniors currently serving
in an elected or appointed leadership capacity in a student government, civic, or educational organization for the entire 2019–20 school year.
Students must be actively serving in qualified leadership positions, and actively representing a constituency in organizations that relate to government, education, public affairs, and/or community service.
Students must be a permanent resident of the United States, currently enrolled in a California public or private secondary school, and living in the state they will represent for the entire 2019–2020 academic year.
The deadline to apply for the 2020 USSYP is Friday, October 4, 2019.
- California Instructions — Must read before doing the online application & exam.
Application and Principal's Nomination Form
- Part A-California Student Application and Principal's Nomination Form (PDF)
Needs to be mailed and postmarked by Friday, October 4, 2019!
- Part B-California Student Application & Exam (Online Survey)
Frequently Asked Questions
- Letter to High School Principals, Counselors, and Scholarship Coordinators
- William Randolph Hearst Foundation — Information from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation's web site regarding the 2020 United States Senate Youth Program as well as a copy of their USSYP brochure.
For further information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact one of the following by phone:
Dina Fong, U.S. Senate Youth Program Coordinator
David Carriker, U.S. Senate Youth Program Assistant
California USSYP Delegates & Alternates
- 2019 California delegates & alternates.
- 2018 California delegates & alternates.
- 2017 California delegates & alternates.
- 2016 California delegates & alternates.
- Additional Recipients