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  U.S. Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program brings the highest-level officials from each branch of government together with an outstanding group of high school students — two high school juniors or seniors from each of the fifty states, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) — during an intensive week-long educational program held in Washington, D.C. The program is merit-based and highly competitive. Each student also receives a one-time $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

To learn more about the program, visit the  U.S. Senate Youth Program website.

For more information concerning participant rules and code of conduct, visit this webpage.                 United States Senate Youth Program | DoDEA

The 61st annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week is being planned for March 4–11, 2023. 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 and boosted to attend.

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.

Congratulations to the 2022 United States Senate Youth
Delegates and Alternates


 William Rues    Gerrit Dangermond

From left to right:
  • William Rues, LaCrosse High School, LaCrosse USD 395 USSYP Essay
  • Gerrit Dangermond, Oskaloosa High School, Oskaloosa USD 341 USSYP Essay


  • Kevinh Nguyen, Seaman High School, Seaman USD 345
  • Andrew Phalen, Lawrence High School, Lawrence, USD 497
2022 Delegates pictured below speaking with Senator Roger Marshall and Jerry Moran