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U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program

U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program Fact Sheet ~ Massachusetts 2017-2018

Purpose: A nationwide U.S. Senate youth program that will bring selected high school students to Washington, D.C. for an onsite introduction to the functions of the federal government and, in particular, the United States Senate. The scholarship is administered by the individual states and is funded by the Hearst Foundations.

Eligible students must register to take the qualifying exam on October 18 or 19, 2017 to be considered for this scholarship.

Eligibility criteria: Any public or private high school junior or senior student (irrespective of nationality, race, color, creed, first language, sex, sexual orientation, class rank or financial need) is eligible for the program provided s/he has not previously been a delegate and is currently serving in an elected or appointed position representing the student body during the entire 2017-2018 school year in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations:

  • Class Officers (President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer)
  • Student Council (Representative or Officer)
  • Student Advisory Committee (Representative to the School Committee)
  • Student Advisory Council (Local, Regional or State Level)
  • School Council (Student Representatives)
  • Student representative to district, regional or state level civic or educational organization
    (Must be elected or appointed to serve as a representative of students)

Other attributes:

  • Leadership ability
  • Clear speech and logical thought processes
  • Community involvement
  • Participation in a wide selection of activities on and off campus - music, sports, arts, politics
  • Interest in and participation in leadership, public service and government related activities

Each student must be a Permanent Resident of the United States, currently a junior or senior enrolled in a public or private high school located in the state in which either one or both of his/her parents or guardian legally resides. Students attending a school in Massachusetts whose parents or guardians legal residence is outside Massachusetts or students attending school outside of Massachusetts but whose parents or guardians reside in Massachusetts, are not eligible. Program brochure, official rules and information specific to Massachusetts' requirements:
United States Senate Youth Program and Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Scholarship: Two $10,000 college scholarships will be awarded. Each winner (Delegate) will receive their scholarship during an all expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. - March 3-10, 2018, where they will meet with the Massachusetts Senate delegation and other government leaders. Attendance at "Washington Week" is required to receive this scholarship.

Online Registration: Students must register online. A verification form will be generated which students must complete, print and bring to the exam location. Online registration closes at 5:00 p.m. on October 11, 2017.

Exam: The Qualifying Exam will be given on October 18 & 19, 2017 at select locations across the state.
Finalists (top 10 scores) will be interviewed and write an essay while at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on November 6, 2017.

Contact Person: Donna Taylor, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Office for Food and Nutrition Programs, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148. Email: dtaylor@doe.mass.edu.



Last Updated: September 25, 2017
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