Announcing the William Randolph Hearst Foundation United States Senate Youth Program
Each year the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, in cooperation with the United States Senate and the education departments of all the states, sponsors the United States Senate Youth Program. Two student leaders from each state and the District of Columbia are selected to participate in a week-long government leadership program, in Washington, DC (all expenses paid). The students engage in a series of seminars and briefings with Senators and members of the House of Representatives and meet with officials of the executive and judicial branches of government. Each student delegate will also receive a one-time $5,000 college scholarship provided that two full courses in United States, government, history, and/or political science are taken by the student at an accredited institution during the student’s future college or university career.
The Washington, DC segment of the program will take place from March 8-15, 2014.
The principal of a New York State high school may select only one candidate for this statewide competition. Any high school junior or senior is eligible. Districts with more than one high school can nominate a candidate from each high school. The nominee must currently (2013–2014) be serving in an elected capacity in any one of the following student government offices:
Student body president, vice-president, secretary or treasurer
Class president, vice-president, secretary or treasurer
Student council representative
A student who is a representative to a district, regional or state-level civic or education organization may also be nominated.
Students must submit:
- A signed application form Word Version (47 KB) or PDF Version ( 27 KB)
- Student transcript/standardized test data
- A 600-800 word student essay on a significant issue or problem before the United States Congress. The student must (1) identify and describe the issue or problem; (2) state major points of view on the matter expressed by members of the Congress and others; and (3) take a position on the issue or problem. The position should be supported by specific evidence and reasoning. References must be cited. Students applying for a second time may not use an essay submitted previously.
- A student statement of leadership activities on a separate sheet of paper that describe activities and interests which demonstrate the student’s leadership qualities and activities at school and/or in the community. Activities that demonstrate the student’s interest in the political process of governance should be emphasized.
- A letter of recommendation from the high school principal and/or designee
The student application form must be postmarked on or before Friday, October 4, 2013.Special Notes