Department of Defense Education Activity

United States Senate Youth Program


2020 – 2021

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.

Student leadership positions held during the 2019 – 2020 academic year will be allowed to qualify students for 2021 if students are unable to hold the usual USSYP qualifying positions for the current academic year due to disruption caused by the pandemic.

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 Fifty-Eight Annual Washington Week. The event is scheduled for 2 to 4 days during the week of March 15, 2021.

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 online event, 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

The application process opens on Wednesday, October 21st. To begin the process student's request to join the Schoology Course “United States Senate Youth Program – Student Applicants” with access code 458ZC-HSBTV. 

The deadline for submission of all application and entry information is due on or before 11:59 p.m. EST January 5, 2021.

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


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