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United States Senate Youth Program

Annual scholarship competition administered by the California Department of Education.

We are excited to celebrate the 60th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to affect the safety of travel, indoor gatherings, and access to government buildings, the 2022 USSYP will be held online during the March 5–10, 2022, timeframe. The program will be a comprehensive public service, leadership and education experience including speakers from the three branches of government and the national media, and each delegate will receive the $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship in the name of the United States Senate. Additional details will be made available upon selection.

Two students from each state will be selected to attend the program and each will be awarded 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 2021-2022 academic year.

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

The 2022 Application and Nomination Form were posted in late August and applications were due on October 6, 2022.

Please view the 2021 USSYP Washington Week ONLINE Digital Yearbook External link opens in new window or tab. events from the 2021 USSYP program.


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 are awarded a $10,000 college scholarship and participate in 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 was 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.

The deadline to apply has passed and we are no longer accepting applications.

Instructions and Nomination Form

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Information

Contact Us

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: Tuesday, October 26, 2021