U.S. Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by the U.S. resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. The annual Program will be held in Washington, D.C., each March. Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates 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 are provided by The Hearst Foundations. in addition, each delegate is also awarded a $5,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

Program Eligibility

The Hearst Foundation stresses the following desired qualities in candidates:

  • Leadership and public speaking ability;
  • High scholastic standing and demonstrated ability to achieve;
  • Articulate and logical thought processes;
  • Community and public service involvement;
  • Participation in a wide selection of activities on and off campus, such as music and sports; and
  • Adequate social skills to participate in a large and dynamic group with relative ease.

In Ohio, the United States Senate Youth Program makes its student selections from among participants who attend Buckeye Boys, Buckeye Girls State or the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) program in Ohio. These programs occur in June before the students' junior and senior years. The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary will select nominees for the U.S. Senate Youth Program from those seniors-to-be attending Buckeye Boys and Girls State. HOBY will do the same from juniors-to-be at their summer programs held around the state. The nominated students will compete further in the fall to be one of the two students awarded to participate in the program.

Participation and Eligibility Requirements

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