The United States Senate Youth Program

    Applicants are advised to carefully review the entire contents of this page before beginning their online applications.   
    The deadline for receipt of applications for the USSYP Scholarship is Friday, October, 13, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.
    Completed applications will be sent onto the USSYP committee for review. The committee will select six applicants to be interviewed. All applicants will receive an email or letter concerning their application status.
    The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The 54th annual program will be held in Washington, D.C., from March 3 – 10, 2018. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses will be provided by The Hearst Foundations. In addition, each delegate will also be awarded a $10,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.


    Attention Vermont high school juniors and seniors. If you hold a student government office, and meet the other criteria, you could be a recipient of a United States Senate Youth Program Scholarship. The United States Senate Youth Program presents an outstanding opportunity for our best and brightest high school juniors and seniors. Leadership, academic achievement, clear speech and logical thought process, and community involvement are the desired qualities set forth by the Hearst Foundation. For more information please go to http://ussenateyouth.org/
    Our ad hoc Committee serves the VPA and its selection process by reading and ranking all applications submitted, setting up interviews with the top six candidates, and selecting the two delegates and two alternates who will represent Vermont. Two delegates are chosen in each of our 50 states plus two each from the District of Columbia and Department of Defense Schools Overseas. Each of the 104 students will receive a $10,000 scholarship and an all expenses paid one-week trip to Washington (March 3-10, 2018) to serve as a member of the United States Youth Senate Program. And as a followup to your experience, we invite the two delegates to be the guest speakers at the Vermont Association of Middle Level Education (VAMLE) dinner the first Wednesday in June.

    Selected delegates will be immersed in Washington activities throughout the 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.

    You will be asked to create a log in and password to begin the application process. Below are tips for submitting your information and the short answer/essay questions.   

    You can return as often as you like, you are not obliged to finish the application in one take. Each time you make changes, please do not forget to click "Update my Application".

    Important: Do Not Click Finalize Until Application is Complete. When your application is complete, please click "Finalize my Application" at the very bottom of the page. Once you click the finalize button, you will no longer be able to see or change your application, so be sure that your application is ready for submission.

    Filling out the Application. Personal information section, Recommendation section, Short Answer Section, and Uploading Section (Essay, Transcripts, Activities page).

    Short Answer Section (each response 50 words max)
    1. What do you feel are the important qualities of good leadership?
    2. Briefly describe, by example, your demonstrated qualities of leadership as they pertain to your current elective school office.
    3. Briefly describe, by example, the community-related activities you have been involved in which demonstrate your leadership abilities.
    4. To what do you owe your success as a leader?
    5. What influence has your present leadership position played in determining your future plans and aspirations?
    6. If you could spend a day with a national or world leader, who would you choose, and why?
    7. If you had the opportunity to make one significant change in national government, what would that change be, and why?

    Uploading Section (Essay, Transcripts, Activities Page)

    Essay (600 WORDS MAX. Compose your essay in Word or RTF. Please use Times New Roman, 12 pt font and double spaced paragraphs.

    “and so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you ask what you can do for your country.” President John Fitzgerald Kennedy

    The race between education and erosion, between wisdom and waste has not run its course . . . . . .

    The nation’s battle to preserve the common estate is far from won . . . The crisis may be quiet but it is urgent.”

    President John F. Kennedy, introduction to The Quiet Crisis

    These words were spoken over five decades ago by a world leader with great vision for the future. How do these words speak to you today? Imagine that you have been elected as Vermont’s lone Representative in the U.S. Congress. Prepare a speech that would inspire Congressional action using one of these quotations from President Kennedy in the context of your speech.

    Transcripts. If your school prefers,  transcripts can be e-mailed (mlapointe@vpaonline.org), mailed to the VPA, 2 Prospect St. Suite 3, Montpelier, VT 05602 or faxed to 802-229-4801.

    Activities Page -a list of activities, community service and/or work experience.

    Good luck!
    Congratulations to our 2016-2017 winners:
             A.J Braverman and Anneka Williams!
             Read about their experiences here: A.J Braverman   Anneka Williams

    Past Hearst Scholarship Winners

    2015-2016     Marisa Sylvester, Rice Memorial High School
                           Ethan McCollister, U32 High School
    2014-2015     Tanmatra Bhanti, Brattleboro Union High School
                           Isabelle Moody, Mt. Abraham Union High School
    2013-2014      Katrina Derderian, Rice Memorial High School
                        Christopher Prado, Colchester High School
    2012-2013        Owen Lyons,  Rice Memorial High School
                          Avni Nahar,   South Burlington High School
    2011-2012          Mariette Aborn, Burr & Burton Academy
                             Nicholas James Shallow, Mt. Mansfield Union High School
    2010-2011       Katherine Meyer, Champlain Valley Union High School
                            Sam Epstein, Champlain Valley Union High School

    2009-2010       Matthew Breuer Essex High School
                            Kyle Weinreich Twinfield Union High School

    2008-2009      Elise Barry, The Sharon Academy
                            Ian Rockwell, Mt. Mansfield Union High School

    2007-2008       Jessica Kaplan, Burlington High School
                            Micah Rose, Champlain Valley Union High School

Last Modified on October 16, 2017