U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program

The US Senate Youth 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. Photographs provided by The Hearst Foundations.

2018-2019 Scholarship Group Photo










One Week in Our Nation’s Capital

The United States Senate Youth Program will be held in Washington, D.C., March 7-14, 2020. The Hearst Foundations pay all expenses for the Washington Week, including transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals. The military services will provide specially selected officers to serve as escorts. Click USSYP 2019 Yearbook to experience the 2019 Washington, D.C. trip.

College Scholarship

$10,000 scholarship awarded to two Montana high school students.

How to Qualify

  • Be a junior or senior in a Montana public, private, or charter high school. Students need not be nominated to apply for the scholarship.
  • Hold a leadership position in any one of the following student government, civic, or educational organizations during the entire 2019-20 academic year:
    • 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, click USSYP 2020 Brochure.

Montana Requirements

The 2019-20 application period has ended. For more general information about the USSYP Scholarship, please click on the links above.

Per program rules, result letters will be mailed after the national deadline of December 1, 2019.


2018-19 USSYP Delegates

Kirsten Kraske of Billings, Montana, is a senior at Billings Senior High School. Since her freshman year, she has known that she wanted to pursue a career in business, where she'd like to be a financial advisor and in corporate law. This year, she was elected Lieutenant Governor for Montana's American Legion Auxiliary Girls State. She volunteers in her community and in her school, and she will serve as a Montana House Page in January 2019. Her goal is to continue to live in Montana with an eye on running for state governor.

Kirsten Kraske


Caroline Roeder is a senior at Choteau High School in Choteau, Montana. Being raised on a sheep ranch in a rural community has given her ties to agriculture. In addition to holding offices in her school's student body for four years, she has been a 4H leader for more than ten years and is a third-generation member of Future Farmers of America where she is the chapter president. She volunteers in her community through Youth Ministry and school. Her goal is to serve Montana and the nation to the best of her abilities as an attorney focusing on agriculture business and economics.

Caroline Roeder


For information about the Montana USSYP Scholarship, email Kristen Bokovoy, USSYP Coordinator, or call 406-444-2417.