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Senate Youth Program

Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program is an educational experience for exemplary high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in public service. Each year, Alabama has the opportunity to send two delegates from our state who will spend a week in Washington to meet with senators, cabinet members, officials from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, directors of other federal agencies, as well as be a part of meetings with the President and a U.S. Supreme Court Justice.

In addition, each student will be awarded a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies, with encouragement to study history and political science. All transportation, hotel, and meal expenses are covered by the Hearst Foundations.

To apply, you must be a rising high school junior or senior, be a resident of Alabama, and be involved in any of the following student government, civic or educational organizations for the duration of the 2018 – 2019 academic year:

  • Student Body president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
  • Class president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
  • Student Council representative
  • A National Honor Society officer (including discipline-based Honor Societies such as the National English and Social Studies Honor Societies that include service components)
  • Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission or board) to a local, district, regional or state-level civic, service and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator

The 57th annual United States Senate Youth Program will be held in Washington, D.C. from March 2-9, 2019.

All delegates are selected by state-level education officials. The deadline to apply for the 2019 program is September 24, 2018.

To apply, please contact Dr. Carolyn E. Townsend, Education Specialist at the Alabama Department of Education, at the following address:

Dr. Carolyn E. Townsend
Education Specialist
Alabama Department of Education
50 N. Ripley Street
Montgomery, 36104
(334) 353-1191