United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) Scholarship

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

Two students from Montana will be selected to receive one $10,000 scholarship each, along with a required Washington Week Program, March 5-10, 2022. Attending the entire Washington Week public service and leadership program and the college scholarship are one, inseparable award.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to affect the safety of travel, indoor gatherings and access to government buildings, the 2022 United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week will be held online during the March 5 – 10, 2022 timeframe. The program will be a comprehensive public service, leadership and education experience including speakers from the three branches of government and the national media.

2022 Brochure

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.

Montana Requirements

This year's complete application packet was submitted electronically. 

In addition, the Hearst Foundations requires that the applicant’s principal, guidance counselor, or history/government teacher formally endorse each candidate. For Montana’s application packet, this endorsement is a signed letter of recommendation from one of these approved recommenders. 

This year's application period has closed. Check back in August 2022 for the next opportunity to apply.

2022 USSYP Delegates

Chase Casey, a senior at Gallatin High School, serves as the vice president of the National Honor Society. He has a deep interest in politics and has been accepted to Montana State University (MSU) and is in the MSU dual enrollment program, taking eight AP classes including history and psychology. He hopes to pursue engineering with a focus on renewable energy. He is a member of Key Club, serves as their webmaster and has attended Boys State. He has volunteered in parking cleanup events for MSU football and organized a Halloween Movie Night to benefit his school’s Special Olympics athletes. Chase is also  
an entrepreneur who owns his own small business selling items online.

Melaina Springer, a senior at Gallatin High School, serves as the president of the Student Body. She is a member of DECA, an organization for young entrepreneurs, and Science Olympiad and hopes to pursue a career in the medical field. With that goal in mind, she has also participated in Health Occupations Students of America Future Health Professionals. She takes AP classes including calculus, biology, history, government, and psychology. Melaina is active in sports as captain of the varsity lacrosse team and member of the varsity basketball team. She volunteers in teaching basketball skills to young girls in her community. 

Chosen as alternates to the 2022 program were Mr. Nikoli Cunningham, a resident of Bozeman, who attends Gallatin High School and Ms. Parker Friday, 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.


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Career & Technical Scholarships (interested in pursuing an associate's degree or certificate)

National Scholarships ($25,000 scholarships for high school juniors planning to pursue a bachelor's degree)

State Scholarships ($10.000 scholarships available in all states to high school juniors planning to pursue a bachelor's degree)

Targeted Scholarships (awarded to high school juniors planning to pursue a bachelor's degree that meet specific criteria)

Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Scholarships & Educator Grants

The Montana Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (MT DAR) has the following scholarships open to teachers and administrators:

2021 Helena Pouch Memorial Fund Classroom Grant FAQs & Information

Additionally, there are two scholarships open to students in Montana:

  • an American history essay contest for grades 5-8; and 
  • a Good Citizen Award that goes to a high school senior

Go to the National DAR scholarship page to see all scholarships offered, or go directly to their application submission portal

Learn more about MT DAR by checking out their website.  

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