US Senate Youth Program

The U. S. Senate Youth Program is a government and leadership educational program in our Nation’s Capital. Its purpose is to provide a yearly opportunity for talented young people with demonstrated leadership abilities to deepen their understanding of America’s political processes and strengthen their resolve to pursue careers in public service.

The U.S. Senate has sponsored this program, which is funded in full by the Hearst Foundations, since 1962. The program is merit-based and highly competitive. It offers  the opportunity  for two high school juniors or seniors to represent Ohio in an intensive, weeklong educational program in Washington, D.C.  In addition, each student receives a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship.

Delegates will participate in an intensive study of the federal government and its leaders during a weeklong schedule that includes visits with officials at the White House, Senate, House of Representatives and Supreme Court.

Program Eligibility

In Ohio, students who are selected by their high schools to attend either Buckeye Boys State or Buckeye Girls State are eligible to apply for the U.S. Senate Youth Program. The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary, which sponsor the Buckeye State programs, recognize applicants for their leadership, communication skills, knowledge, activities and services, and are able to submit the students’ applications to the Ohio Department of Education.

The Ohio Department of Education works in conjunction with the nominees' high schools throughout the selection process to make the final determination of the two delegates and two alternates.

Participation and Eligibility Requirements

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