The US Senate Youth Program Scholarship is sponsored by the The Hearst Foundations.
The Hearst Foundations believe it is in the public interest to encourage outstanding young people to continue their educational development. To this end, the foundations will make available to each of the 104 delegates selected to participate in the program a $10,000 college scholarship award for undergraduate studies, subject to specific conditions and requirements.
Washington Week Online Program and College Scholarship
The United States Senate Youth Program will be held online this year. Two students from Montana will be selected to receive one $10,000 scholarship each, along with a required, Washington Week Online Program, March 14--18, 2021. Program times are Sunday, March 14, 2021, from 3:00–8:00 PM EST, and Monday, March 15–Thursday, March 18, 2021, from 11:00 AM–7:00 PM EST. Attending the entire Washington Week Online public service and leadership program and the college scholarship are one, inseparable award. Take a look at this year's brochure for details!
How to Qualify
- Be a junior or senior in a Montana public, private, or charter high school.
- Hold a leadership position in any one of the following student government, civic, or educational organizations. This year, the qualifying leadership role held may be for the full 2020-21 school year, or the full 2019-20 school year, if typical student leadership elections or appointment opportunities are not available due to the coronavirus pandemic. Leadership roles are subject to verification and judgement of the state selection administrator.
- Student body president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer
- Class president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer
- Student Council representative
- National Honor Society officer
- Student representative elected or appointed (by a panel, commission, or board) to a local, district, regional, state-level civic, service, and/or educational organization
- Be a permanent resident of the United States at the time of application
- Be a Montana resident at the time of application
For more information on eligibility, code of conduct, and complete rules, see the USSYP Website.
Please note that this year's complete application packet MUST be submitted electronically. In addition, the Hearst Foundations are requiring that the applicant’s principal, guidance counselor, or history/government teacher formally endorse each candidate. For Montana’s application packet, this endorsement will be a signed letter of recommendation from one of these approved recommenders.
Deadline: The application period for this year is now closed.
We anticipate that interviews for semi-finalists from our current applicants will occur in January 2021. The Hearst Foundations will announce the delegates and alternates in February of 2021.
2019-20 USSYP Delegates
Sofie Kruse, a senior at Bozeman High School, serves as the secretary of the Key Club. She volunteers at her local hospital in various departments, including Cardiac Rehabilitation, Labor and Delivery, and the Pharmacy. She also gives her time at a senior care facility, all of which has left her with a desire to pursue a nursing career. Additionally, Sofie has worked as a background checker at the courthouse and works in childcare, all while taking AP classes at school, maintaining a 4.0 GPA, and serving as an officer in Future Health Professionals of America and National Honor Society.
Hayden Massar, a senior at North Star High School in Rudyard, serves as the vice president of the Senior Class. In addition to keeping his 4.0 GPA and being a member of the National Honor Society, he plays basketball and runs track. He competes in speech and drama, and leads his school’s Youth Alive group. Hayden is active in the Business Professionals of America and was chapter president last year. He volunteers in the community by participating in musical performances, and by volunteering at basketball camps and at the Special Olympics. Hayden plans to attend Montana State University to pursue a degree in civil engineering.
For information about the Montana USSYP Scholarship, email Kristen Bokovoy, USSYP Coordinator, or call 406-444-2417.