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2022 USSYP Students

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

Qualified junior or senior high school students who applied for this opportunity showed demonstrated leadership through public service in elected or appointed positions during the entire 2022 – 2023 school year where they actively represented a constituency in organizations that relate to government, public affairs, history and/or community service. They actively served in qualified leadership positions, and were enrolled in high school.

Two student delegates and a first and second alternate were 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 61st Annual Washington Week. The event is scheduled for March 4-11, 2023. A determination will be made in Fall 2022 on whether the program will be able to be held in person or online in 2023.

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 2023 Washington Week, 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.

Gabriel Stephenson

Gabriel Stephenson
USSYP 2022 Student
Senior at Lakenheath High School
Lakenheath, England


Megan Wills

Megan Wills
USSYP 2022 Student
Senior at Alconbury Middle/High School
Alconbury, England


DoDEA Europe Students Selected for the US Senate Youth Program

January 12, 2022 The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) has announced that high school students Mr. Gabriel Todd Stephenson and Ms. Megan Lee Wills represent the Department of Defense Education Activity during the 60th annual USSYP Washington Week, to be held March 6-9, 2022.

Application Deadline

The Application Window for the eligible DoDEA students is August 24th – October 28th, 2022. Students interested in applying will request membership in the Schoology course with course code 2QQ7-HT6S-MH43P. If the course code does not work, students should contact Ms. Elizabeth Costanzo to enroll in the course.

Contact Information

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

60th Annual USSYP Washington Week DoDEA Delegates

To learn more about our delegates experience at the 60th Annual USSYP Washington Week explore the Digital Yearbook and the Delegate Essays.

2022 Digital Yearbook:

2022 Delegate Essays:

Reflections on the USSYP Experience


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