Office of Student and Family Support
U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program: Registration Deadline: October 11, 2017
|To:||Public and Private High School Principals, Charter School Leaders, Guidance Administrators|
|From:||Jeff Wulfson, Acting Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education|
|Date:||September 25, 2017|
Eligibility: High School Junior or Senior Elected/Appointed Student Leaders
In 1962, the United States Senate voted unanimously to endorse a nationwide U.S. Senate youth program that would bring high school student delegates to Washington, D.C. for an onsite introduction to the functions of the federal government and, in particular, the United States Senate. The Hearst Foundations provide the necessary funding each year for two high school juniors and/or seniors from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, to participate in this unique experience.
Delegates are awarded an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for a week, where they meet with legislative and government officials. Each delegate selected will receive a ten thousand dollar ($10,000) certificate representing a scholarship that will be presented during the March 2018 visit to Washington, D.C.
During Washington Week the students will attend briefings and meetings with several senators, the president of the United States, other federal agency leaders and senior members of the national media. Each speaking event includes a substantial question and answer session allowing students direct and personal interaction with the high-level national leadership. Visits to the Senate and House of Representatives, the Supreme Court and the Pentagon are interspersed with visits to the Smithsonian Museums and other sites of interest.
This program is open to any Massachusetts public or private high school junior or senior who is currently serving in an elected or appointed position representing the student body in a student government, civic or educational organization and meets all of the qualifications indicated on the enclosed Fact Sheet. Any Massachusetts high school junior or senior who is currently serving in a qualifying position, irrespective of nationality, race, color, creed, first language, sex, sexual orientation, class rank or financial need is eligible for this program. Students who have previously been delegates are not eligible. Official rules are available at U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program.
For students to qualify, they must demonstrate qualities of leadership as an elected or appointed representative of the student body in a student government, civic or educational organization during the 2017-2018 school year. All eligible students must register and take the qualifying exam. The exam will be given at various sites on Wednesday October 18, 2017 and Thursday, October 19, 2017, 3:00-5:00 p.m. This exam is comprised of questions relating to government and its processes, current events, state and national politics and related areas. The students achieving the top ten (10) scores will be invited to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for an interview and to complete an essay. Two of those students will be chosen as delegates to represent the Commonwealth in Washington, D.C. where they will receive the scholarship.
I hope you will encourage student leaders from your school to register for the exam and take advantage of this exciting scholarship opportunity.