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United States Senate Youth Program

About the Program

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) administers the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) for the State of Oregon. The U.S. Senate Youth Program is an annual scholarship competition funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and endorsed by the U.S. Senate. Each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity select two high school juniors or seniors to participate in the program.

All high school juniors and seniors must be nominated by their high school principal or designated school official in order to apply for the program. Nominated students must be active in elected or appointed leadership positions that relate to government, public affairs, education and/or community service.

For 2021-22, the delegates will each receive a $10,000 college scholarship and attend an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., on March 5-12, 2022 (the Hearst Foundation is planning for in-person programming in Washington, D.C., pending public health and safety guidance for travel and indoor gatherings). Two alternates will receive a $200 cash award from ODE. 

United States Senate Youth Program. Education. Leadership. Public Service.  

Application and Process Requirements

    Please review the Application and Process Requirements resource for specific information on content and formatting for application materials. The application will be posted in August 2021, and will be due on Friday, October 15, 2021.

    1. Student Application (to be posted in August 2021)
    2. Resume
    3. Cover letter
    4. Essay Topics
    5. Recommendation letter
    6. Process statement from the school



    2021 Delegates


    Nabikshya Rayamajhi, Henry D. Sheldon High School in Eugene (on left) and McKenna Raade, Cottage Grove High School in Cottage Grove (on right) with Senator Jeff Merkley. 

    McKenna Raade Delegate Response


    2020 Delegates

    Mekdes Hilete Jefferson High School Portland Oregon. Haiden Wiggins Cove High School Cove, Oregon.

    Contact Amit Kobrowski with any questions.

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