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United States Senate Youth Program 2018 – 2019

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-Seventh Annual Washington Week, March 2-9, 2019.

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

2018 DoDEA USSYP Representatives

The 2018 DoDEA USSYP Representatives. Pictured from left to right, Adah Barenburg of Naples American High School, Dr. Linda Curtis, DoDEA Principal Deputy Director and Associate Director of Academics, and Mark Keller of Brussels American School

Reflections on the USSYP Experience

Application Deadline - September 28th

The deadline for submission of all application and entry information is due on or before 11:59 p.m. EST September 28th. The application process opens on August 1. To begin the process request to join the Schoology Course “United States Senate Youth Program – Student Applicants” with access code 5WBS2-XK8N8.

  • Application, essay, biography, video resume, and proctored examination are due on or before 11:59 PM EST September 28th.
  • 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 19th.
  • The two winning delegates, first and second alternate will be notified on or before December 15th.


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