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Massachusetts United States Senate Youth Program Scholarship Application Guidelines 2021-2022

Instructions: Application package is to be completed by the student, typed, or printed clearly and contain no more than one page for the student application form plus four additional pages for parts I–VI listed below (maximum of 5 pages total — application form plus 4 pages for parts I–VI). Use the headings below and organize your responses accordingly. Do not list everything you have accomplished; however, include all pertinent information relevant to your leadership qualities, community or public service and volunteerism.

The next six sections must be no more than four (4) additional typed pages, using a 12 font.

Part I Leadership Positions: List all elected or appointed offices held, grades 9–12 including your current student representative position that makes you eligible for USSYP with a description of the election or appointment process of that office. You must hold a current office for the entire 2021-2022 school year to apply.

Part II School Activities: List significant school activities (grades 9–12) which reflect leadership capability (e.g., Editor, school newspaper; Key Club, organized community food drive). Identify the group or organization (avoid abbreviations), note your role, and list your length of service.

Part III Volunteerism/Community Service: List major activities not related to school in which you have participated. Include only activities relevant to this scholarship. List the name of the activity and length of service.

Part IV Honors, Awards, Recognition: List major honors, awards, or recognition you have earned that relate to this scholarship. Include the name of the honor and the year received.

Part V: Statement of Future Aspirations: Compose one paragraph about your future plans and goals including post-secondary education.

Part VI: Essay: Write an essay of 400 words or less exploring as fully as possible any one of the following issues. Label your essay with the number of the issue.

  1. What role did local election officials, state judges, and federal judges play in confirming Joseph Biden's election as the 46th president of the United States?

  2. Why is gerrymandering so effective in American politics today? Does it increase or decrease electoral competition? What impact has it had, if any, on the representation that voters receive?

  3. Discuss the grounds on which the U.S. Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage a constitutional right in Obergefell v. Hodges. Is the issue now firmly settled in American politics?

  4. Discuss why no Republicans in the U.S. House or U.S. Senate voted for the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, which President Biden signed into law on March 11, 2021. What factors led to the state of party polarization that exists today?

Last Updated: September 14, 2021

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