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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 2023-24, the delegates will each receive a $10,000 college scholarship and attend an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., on March 2-9, 2024 (the Hearst Foundation is planning for in-person programming in Washington, D.C., pending public health and safety guidance for travel and indoor gatherings).

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 2023 and will be due on Friday, October 13th, 2023.

  1. Student Application
  2. Resume
  3. Cover letter
  4. Essay Topics
  5. 3-minute video (see instructions on page 3 of application process and requirements for details. File size limit: 250 MB). We are currently working on a solution for the video uploads. Please submit your application to Smartsheet and we will contact you with further steps once the issue is resolved.
  6. Process statement from the school


Amit Kobrowski with any questions.