US Senate Youth Program Scholarship


Nomination forms for the 2016 United States Senate Youth Program will be available the end of August 2015.

The Unites States Senate Youth Scholarship Program is a nationwide youth program that brings high school students to Washington, D.C., for a brief on-site introduction to the functions of the federal government and, in particular, the United States Senate.

The Program:

1. The 2016 United States Senate Youth Program will be held in Washington, D.C. March 5 – March 12, 2016.

2. Each high school principal may submit two nominations on forms supplied by the Department of Education (DOE). Nominations must be faxed or postmarked no later than September 25, 2015. When DOE receives a nomination, a copy of the Qualifying Examination is sent to the person identified on the form to administer the exam. The test shall be administered under the usual conditions that prevail under testing situations. The test must be returned to the DOE and postmarked no later than October 30, 2015.

3. DOE will select two delegates to represent South Dakota in the Program. Selections will be based on the results of a Qualifying Examination and on demonstrated qualities of leadership. Each state agency must submit the names of their two delegates to the foundation on or before December 1, 2015. A representative of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation will confirm each student's appointment as a delegate with the respective high school principal. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation will notify delegates by sending a letter to their home address.

4. The program is funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The foundation will pay all expenses for the Washington week including transportation, hotel, and meals. The foundation will arrange transportation to and from Washington, D.C. It will be a local responsibility to transport each delegate to and from the nearest commercial airport, bus terminal, or railroad station. No tours or side trips will be permitted by individual delegate’s enroute to or from Washington, D.C.

5. Each delegate shall currently 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
- Student representative elected or selected (selected by a panel, commission or board) to district, regional or state-level civic or educational organization.

6. Each delegate must be either a junior or senior student and has not previously been a delegate to the Program.

7. Each student must be a permanent resident of the United States and currently enrolled in a public or private secondary school located in the state in which either one of his or her parents or guardians legally resides.

8. A $5,000.00 scholarship award is made available to each delegate, subject to requirements and conditions as established by the foundation. A scholarship for each alternate will also be available.

9. Each delegate will be a guest of the United States Senate throughout the program and will be required to conduct himself or herself in such a manner as to reasonably assure that neither the United States Senate nor the Senate Youth Program will be discredited as a result of the conduct of such delegate.

The United States Senate Youth Scholarship Program Website can be found at: http://www.hearstfdn.org/ussyp/.
2011 Student Delegate Essay

Past Senate Youth Scholarship Participants

2015 Recipients
Patrick Binder, Yankton High School, Delegate Gerald Fraas, West Central High School, Delegate Ryan O’Connell, O’Gorman High School, Alternate 1 Joshua Thurow, Oldham-Ramona High School, Alternate 2
2014 Recipients
Lane Haskell, St. Thomas More High School, Delegate Gina Elmore, Hot Springs High School, Delegate Jackson Shriver, Watertown High School, Alternate 1 Lucas Bartl, Mitchell High School, Alternate 2
2013 Recipients
Samantha Beck, T.F. Riggs High School, Delegate Elizabeth Renner, West Central High School, Delegate David Day, Vermillion High School, Alternate 1 Stetson Heirigs, Aberdeen Central, Alternate 2
2012 Recipients
James Updike, Rapid City Stevens High School, Delegate Elise Twohy, St. Thomas More High School, Delegate Joseph Schartz, West Central High School, Alternate 1 Anthony Husher, Winner High School, Alternate 2
2011 Recipients
Jacob Naasz, Winner High School, Delegate Samuel Dunkle, Brookings High School, Delegate Brent Olinger, Bridgewater-Emery High School, Alternate 1 Jacqueline Wilson, St. Thomas More High School, Alternate 2
2010 Recipients
Jeffery Young, Spearfish High School, Delegate Sarah Day, Vermillion High School, Delegate Louis Kjerstad, St. Thomas More, Alternate 1 Alex Bordewyk, Madison High School, Alternate 2
2009 Recipients
Nolan Goetzinger, Rapid City, Delegate McKenzie Jordan, Dakota Dunes, Delegate Samuel Carlson, Sioux Falls, Alternate 1 Tyler Littau, Carter, Alternate 2
2008 Recipients
Jacob Fuhrman, Aberdeen, Delegate John Wilson, Rapid City, Delegate Alik Parry, Brandon, Alternate 1 Landon White, Sioux Falls, Alternate 2