U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

December 01

Awarded By

William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Award Amount

$5,000 annually, non-renewable. To obtain scholarship funds each selected student must, within two years after high school graduation, enroll at an accredited U.S. college or university, pledging to include courses in government or related subjects to his/her undergraduate program. Each selected student must complete the U.S. Senate Youth Program Application for Grant of Scholarship form, have it signed by the dean of admissions or registrar, affixed with the college or university's official seal, and have it forwarded to the foundation. The $5,000 scholarship check, when received by the school, is to be designated for the specified student's educational expenses within a four-year period. Funds may be expended for tuition, enrollment and other fees and charges, or room and board provided or approved by the school.


The William Randolph Hearst Foundation will award 104 scholarships each year. Two students from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity, and a first and second alternate from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity, will be selected by the office of the chief state or district school officer.

Additional Information

The U.S. Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by the U.S. Senate resolution and sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, will be held in Washington, D.C., during Washington Week from March 3 through 10, 2018. Selected students will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action, and will each be awarded a college scholarship for undergraduate studies. To qualify for the scholarship, selected students must participate in the U.S. Senate Youth Program during Washington Week. If a selected student is unable to participate, merits of his/her reasons will be considered by the program director relative to scholarship awards. The foundation will pay all expenses for Washington Week, including transportation, hotel and meals. If the primary delegate is unable to attend Washington Week, the foundation must be notified in advance. Appropriate disposition of scholarship funds will be determined by the program director. Selection will be based on the outstanding ability and demonstrated qualities of leadership as elected or selected high school student officers of the 2017-2018 school year. In addition, a program examination, prepared each year by a distinguished professor of political science, will be provided for the selection process. Please note: Previous delegates to the U.S. Senate Youth Program are not eligible to apply.

Deadline Info

For detailed information and a selection application, the applicant should contact his/her high school principal or guidance counselor, or refer to the list of state-level education selection administ ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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