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In 1962, the United States Senate voted unanimously to endorse a nationwide youth program that would bring high school students to Washington, DC for a brief introduction to the functions of the federal government -- particularly the Senate.
The program was created and authorized by Senate Resolution 234 and has been reauthorized ever since. The original resolution specified that the program be “supported by private funds with no expense to the federal government”. As a result, The Hearst Foundations assumed financial support of the program and continues its sponsorship today. The Hearst Foundations state that “it is in the public interest to encourage these outstanding young people to continue their educational development”.
The Annual United States Senate Youth Program authorizes the selection of 104 student delegates, two from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Office of Dependents Schools (DoDDS). The delegates are immersed in Washington activities throughout their week-long stay, including visits to the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Pentagon. Delegates hear major addresses by senators, cabinet members, and officials of the Department of State and the Department of Defense, as well as other federal departments. Additional activities include visits to the various Smithsonian Museums. The Hearst Foundations pays all expenses for the week-long Washington stay, including transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals. In addition, each delegate is awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies.
Colorado's 2017 Delegates
Each student must be a legal permanent resident or citizen of the United States at the time of application. The student must be enrolled for the entire academic year in a public or independent high school located in the state (including for these purposes the District of Columbia) in which at least one of their parents or guardians currently resides. The student applicant must currently be serving in an elected capacity in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations and continue to serve in that elected position for the entire school year:
· Student Body President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer;
· Class President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer;
· Student Council Representative;
· National Honor Society officer; or
· Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission or board) to a local, district, regional or state-level civic, service and/or educational organization approved by the Colorado Department of Education.
Selection will be based on academic accomplishments, community service, and demonstrated qualities of leadership for the current school year.
2019 Application Process and Deadline
The 2019 application for the United States Senate Youth Program will be available in August 2018.
Questions? Please contact CompetitiveGrants@cde.state.co.us.