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United States Senate Youth Program 2019 – 2020

The U.S. Senate Youth Program is merit-based and highly competitive

Qualified junior or senior high school students applying for this opportunity must show demonstrated leadership through public service in elected or appointed positions where they are actively representing a constituency in organizations that relate to government, public affairs, history and/or community service. They must be actively serving in qualified leadership positions, enrolled in high school.

Two student delegates and a first and second alternate will be selected. The two winning delegates will represent DoDEA and the U.S. Senators for where their parent is registered to vote in an intensive educational program during the week-long Fifty-Eight Annual Washington Week, March 7- 14, 2020.

Each of the two winning delegates will be awarded $10,000 undergraduate college Scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. Winners MUST attend the entire week in Washington, D.C., in order to receive the scholarship.

IMPORTANT: DoDEA students living in the Pacific, Europe, Puerto Rico, and Cuba apply through DoDEA Headquarters. DoDEA students in the Americas apply for the US Senate Youth Program through the state education agency and compete with other state applicants within their state.

Sophia Marro

Sophia Marro
USSYP 2020 Student
SHAPE American High School
Casteau, Belgium


Edward Balbo

Edward Balbo
USSYP 2020 Student
Sigonella Middle High School
Sigonella, Italy


Application Deadline - October 4th

The deadline for submission of all application and entry information is due on or before 11:59 p.m. EST October 4th. The application process opens on Moday, August 26th. To begin the process student's request to join the Schoology Course “United States Senate Youth Program – Student Applicants” with access code 458ZC-HSBTV.

  • Application, essay, biography, video resume, and proctored examination are due on or before 11:59 PM EST October 4th.
  • Students who meet the minimum requirements will be scheduled for an interview via the Point of Contact* for their district to be completed on or before October 25th.
  • The two winning delegates, first and second alternate will be notified on or before December 15th.


Reflections on the USSYP Experience

2019-2020 DoDEA USSYP

The 2019 DoDEA USSYP Representatives. Pictured from left to right, Daniel Posthumus of Nile C. Kinnick High School, Dr. Linda Curtis, DoDEA Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director of Academics, and Shannon Ryu of Seoul American Middle High School.

Contact Information

DoDEA Social Studies Instructional Systems Specialist
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria VA 22350-1400


Fifty-Seventh Annual Washington Week – Program Brochure
The official guidelines for the United States Senate Youth Program.
United States Senate Youth Program Frequently Asked Questions
USSYP Website
The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service.

State Sites for Students in the Americas

Kentucky Department of Education
USSYP State Site for DoDEA Students in the Americas
Contact: Ms. Donna Melton

North Carolina
United States Senate Youth Scholarship Program - North Carolina
Contact: Ms. Michelle McLaughlin

Virginia Department of Education
USSYP Site for DoDEA Students in the Americas
Contact: Ms. Christonya Brown