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United States Senate Youth Program 2017 – 2018

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 56 Annual Washington Week, March 3-10, 2018.

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.

Contact Information

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

Application Deadline - Friday, September 28th

The deadline for submission of all application and entry information is due on or before 11:59 p.m. EST Friday, September 28th. Review the application for the email address of the person to whom you will be submitting all of your application materials.

  • Application, essay and video resume due on or before Friday, September 28th
  • Student interview and proctored Public Affairs and History Exam scheduled by the point of contact and the student prior to Friday, October 19th.
  • The two winning delegates, first and second alternate notified by DoDEA HQ by November 12th.
  • Response of acceptance by delegates due by November 20th.
USSYP Application
DoDEA United States Senate Youth Program Application form; SY 2017-2018.
USSYP Essay Prompt
2017-2018 United States Senate Youth Scholarship Essay Prompt for DoDEA Candidates
USSYP Video Resume
2017-2018 United States Senate Youth Program Video Resume for DoDEA Candidates

DoDEA Students Selected for 2016 United States Senate Youth Program
Mr. Thomas Brady, Director, Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA), today announced Kyelee Fitts, Aanand Shah and Caitlin Hertzendorf as delegates to the 54th annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) to be held March 5 – 12 in Washington, D.C.
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
North Carolina
United States Senate Youth Scholarship Program - North Carolina
Virginia Department of Education Superintendent’s Memo
USSYP Site for DoDEA Students in the Americas