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United States Senate Youth Program

Annual scholarship competition administered by the California Department of Education.

The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Washington Week will be held online from March 14–18, 2021.

Two students from each state will be selected to attend the online program and each 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. NOTE: 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 as their qualifying position.

All student leadership qualifying positions are subject to the judgment of the state selection administrator and will be verified and confirmed.

The 2021 Application and Nomination Form have been posted. Please see under Instructions and Nomination Form below.


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, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity select two student delegates to participate in the USSYP.

The delegates from each state receive a $10,000 college scholarship and attend Washington Week during the spring to deepen their understanding of America's political processes and strengthen their interest and desire for a career in public service. Due to the pandemic, the 2021 conference will be held virtually.

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 school year for which they are applying.

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 academic year for which they are applying.

Instructions and Nomination Form

Frequently Asked Questions


  • William Randolph Hearst Foundation External link opens in new window or tab. — Information from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation's website regarding the United States Senate Youth Program as well as a copy of their USSYP brochure.

Contact Information

For further information, please send an email to

Dina Fong, U.S. Senate Youth Program Coordinator

David Carriker, U.S. Senate Youth Program Assistant

News Releases for California USSYP Delegates and Alternates

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Last Reviewed: Wednesday, November 25, 2020