U.S. Senate Youth Program

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United States Senate Youth Program  

Application Period Now Open
Deadline: October 10, 2014 

Please be advised that the New Jersey Department of Education has just opened the application process for the 53rd Annual United States Senate Youth Program. Each year, two high school junior and seniors are selected as delegates to represent New Jersey during an intensive week-long educational program (March 7-14, 2015) held in Washington, D.C. and receive a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship. The Hearst Foundation is the sponsor of this prestigious merit-based program. During Washington Week, delegates will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials of the Departments of State and Defense and directors of federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Each session with elected officials includes an in-depth question and answer period. The military services will provide specially selected men and women officers to serve as mentors for the student delegates while in Washington, D.C.

The United States Senate Youth Program is designed for students who have demonstrated outstanding leadership abilities in their school and community and a strong commitment to public service. Every principal of a New Jersey public or non-public high school is invited to nominate one junior or senior to submit an application to this highly competitive program. To be eligible, students must be currently serving in an elected or appointed capacity in an approved student government, civic or educational organization and a New Jersey resident. A Blue Ribbon panel is convened to select two delegates and two alternates. Students who attend this program are encouraged to pursue coursework in history and political science and careers in public service.


For more information about the program and the selection criteria, please go tohttp://www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/ss/syp/. If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact Beverly.Plein@doe.state.nj.us. The deadline for students to submit their application packet is October 10, 2014.




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