The U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program is sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and administered by the Office of Public Instruction.

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation believes it is in the public interest to encourage outstanding young people to continue their educational development. To this end, the foundation 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.

Application period is open from August 28-September 29, 2017. Applications are due no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, October 2, 2017.

Group pictures

Photograph provided by Jakub Mosur, USSYP Program Photographer

One Week in Our Nation’s Capital

The United States Senate Youth Program will be held in Washington, D.C., March 3-10, 2018. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation pays all expenses for the Washington Week, including transportation, hotel accommodations and meals. The military services will provide specially selected men and women officers to serve as escorts. Click USSYP 2017 Yearbook to experience the 2017 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.
  • Currently serving in an elected or selected capacity in any one of the following student government offices at their Montana high school for the 2017-18 school year student body.
  • Be a permanent resident of the United States.
  • Be a Montana resident.

For more information on eligibility, click USSYP 2017 Brochure.

Montana Requirements

Interested students may download or print an Annual United States Senate Youth Program $10,000 Scholarship Application by clicking on the link to the application that will be placed on this web page in late August. The link to the application will be removed in late September. The application must be completed in its entirety and returned by the deadline date in early October.

The two successful delegates and two successful alternates will be notified in December.

 NEW: The William Randolph Hearst Foundation now has a blog for delegates to share their experiences in Washington, D.C.! Applicants can read what the 2017 USSYP delegates experienced. This is a great way to learn about Washington, D.C., Week.


2017 Recipients

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