Are you a junior (soon-to-be senior) student interested in pursuing a career in public service, history, or political science? Then, you may be interested in applying for The United States Senate Youth Program, funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and endorsed by the U.S. Senate, which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for high school students.

Qualifying students must meet the following criteria:

    1. The student must hold a high-level leadership position in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations during the entire 2021-2022 academic year:
      •  Student Body president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer
      • Class president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer
      • Student Council representative
      • A National Honor Society officer (including discipline-based Honor Societies such as the National English and Social Studies Honor Societies that include service components)
      • Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission, or board) to a local, district, regional or state-level civic, service, and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator, where the student holds a position of representation to a constituency providing service to others.
    2. Participation or holding an officer position in academic clubs, educational competition programs/conferences, or organizations designed primarily for the student’s personal development and enrichment do not qualify a student for the USSYP, although many students who qualify participate in these activities. The positions listed below DO NOT qualify the student for the program:
      • Attendance or officer position at Boys/ Girls Nation or State summer conference
      • Member of a National Honor Society (serving as an elected officer for the organization for the entire school year is acceptable)
      • A member or leader of the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts or JROTC
      • A founder or chairperson of a self-created group • A participant, captain or officer in Mock Trial, Debate Team, Model UN, or other academic clubs, mock legislature, conference, or competition where the primary engagement is for individual educational enrichment.
    3. Additionally, nominated students must be permanent residents of the United States and currently enrolled in an Oregon public or private secondary school. Attendance during the Washington Week program is required to receive the financial scholarship. For additional information regarding the program rules, please review the William Randolph Hearst Foundation website.

Click here to read additional information about the United States Senate Youth Program.

If you would like to apply to be nominated by our school principal, please submit the following information to Mrs. White by September 10th, 2021:

  • Academic Resume (must include which high-level leadership position you hold that qualifies you to be nominated)
  • A brief essay on why you are interested in participating in the United States Senate Youth Program (No more than 1 page).

If the school principal nominates you, you will be required to complete the official application provided by the United States Senate Youth Program.