US Senate Youth Program “Hearst” Scholarship

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The United States Senate Youth Program presents an outstanding opportunity for our best and brightest high school juniors and seniors. Leadership, academic achievement, clear speech and logical thought process, and community involvement are the desired qualities for this scholarship opportunity, provided by the Hearst Foundation. A VPA Selection Committee reads and ranks all applications submitted, sets up interviews with the top six candidates, and selects the two delegates and two alternates who will represent Vermont.

United States Senate Youth Program Scholarship Application

(The Vermont Principals Association is not responsible for following up with incomplete applications. Guidance Counselors, Students and Parents please work together to complete applications. Incomplete applications cannot be considered.)

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.

The 61st annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week is being planned to be held in person in Washington, D.C. March 4–11, 2023. Application processes are underway and the national deadline for all states to submit their delegate selections is December 1, 2022. The program may be held online pending public health guidance and status of large group access to the government venues traditionally visited. If held in person, all delegates will be required to be fully vaccinated to attend.

UPDATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: In the interest of health and safety for all participants, students must be fully vaccinated to serve as a delegate in Washington, D.C.  Schedules for full vaccination series can be seen here: https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/covid-19-vacc-schedule-at-a-glance-508.pdf. Selected students who are not vaccinated will have adequate time to complete the full vaccination series of two vaccine doses and be confirmed ready for service, prior to the program deadline of February 1, 2023. Students may not serve as delegates to an in-person program or receive the scholarship if they fail to meet this requirement.

All eligible students are encouraged to apply. Students must attend the program to receive the scholarship. Regardless of platform, all confirmed student delegates will partake in a comprehensive, interactive leadership program in the stated timeframe, and each will receive the $10,000 college scholarship in the name of the United States Senate. To apply, please contact your state selection contact.

All eligible students are encouraged to apply. A final decision regarding the in-person program will be determined in the fall of 2022, with adequate time for students to complete the full vaccination series prior to travel. If held online, vaccination status will not be required. Students must attend the program to receive the scholarship. Regardless of platform, all student delegates will partake in a comprehensive, interactive leadership program in the stated timeframe, and each will receive the $10,000 college scholarship in the name of the United States Senate.

As a followup to your experience, we invite the two delegates to be the guest speakers at the Vermont Association of Middle Level Education (VAMLE) dinner.

For more information please go to http://ussenateyouth.org/

Transcripts and Principal Recommendation Letters: If your school prefers, transcripts and recommendation letters may be sent to the VPA directly.

E-mail: To Mallori Longevin (mlongevin@vpaonline.org)

Mailed: VPA, 2 Prospect St. Suite 3, Montpelier, VT 05602. Faxed: 802-229-4801