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 Program and College Scholarship
The United States Senate Youth Program was held online for 2021. Two students from Montana were selected to receive one $10,000 scholarship each, along with a required, Washington Week Online Program, March 14-18, 2021. Attending the entire Washington Week Online public service and leadership program and the college scholarship were one, inseparable award.
Details about the 2022 program will appear here once released by The Hearst Foundations.
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. 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 2021's complete application packet was submitted electronically. In addition, the Hearst Foundations required that the applicant’s principal, guidance counselor, or history/government teacher formally endorse each candidate. For Montana’s application packet, this endorsement was a signed letter of recommendation from one of these approved recommenders. 2022 program requirements may be subject to change.
Deadline: The application period for 2022 has not yet begun. Watch this space for details in August of 2021.
2021 USSYP Delegates
Georgia Balius, now finishing her last year of high school as a home school student, attended Foothills Community Christian School before the COVID pandemic began and served as Student Body treasurer. She has qualified for and received gold at the state science fair four years in a row, has been inducted into the National Honor Society, has received the President's Award for Educational Excellence and the Association of Christian Schools' Distinguished Christian High School Student award, and maintains a GPA of over 4.0. Georgia participates in many activities including playing varsity volleyball, volunteering at her local library, and working in the school literary club. She will finish high school one full year early with her Associate’s degree from Great Falls College - Montana State University. She has been taking dual credit classes since her freshman year, and is interested in pursuing degrees in political science, philosophy, or computer science.
Trinity Rieger, a senior at Plevna High School, serves as the vice president of the Senior Class and president of her school's Business Professionals of America chapter. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and National Society of High School Scholars, and maintains a 4.0 grade point average. She is interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in business administration in order to open her own business focused on environmentalism, sustainability, and ethics. Trinity works as a bookkeeper and is proud to participate in litter prevention efforts and highway cleanup in Montana.
Chosen as alternates to the 2021 program were Ms. Helene Hart, a resident of Bozeman, who attends Bozeman High School and Ms. Kaylee Stubbs, a resident of Billings, who attends Billings Senior High.
For information about the Montana USSYP Scholarship, email Kristen Bokovoy, USSYP Coordinator, or call 406-444-2417.