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

The 61st annual United States Senate Youth Program Washington Week is being planned to be held in person in Washington, D.C. March 4–11, 2023. Application processes are underway and the national deadline for all states to submit their delegate selections is December 1, 2022. The program may be held online pending public health guidance and status of large group access to the government venues traditionally visited. If held in person, all delegates will be required to be fully vaccinated to attend.

UPDATE ON COVID-19 VACCINATION REQUIREMENT: In the interest of health and safety for all participants, students must be fully vaccinated to serve as a delegate in Washington, D.C.  Schedules for full vaccination series can be seen here:  https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/downloads/covid-19-vacc-schedule-at-a-glance-508.pdf. Selected students who are not vaccinated will have adequate time to complete the full vaccination series of two vaccine doses and be confirmed ready for service, prior to the program deadline of February 1, 2023. Students may not serve as delegates to an in-person program or receive the scholarship if they fail to meet this requirement.

All eligible students are encouraged to apply. Students must attend the program to receive the scholarship. Regardless of platform, all confirmed student delegates will partake in a comprehensive, interactive leadership program in the stated timeframe, and each will receive the $10,000 college scholarship in the name of the United States Senate.

2023 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

Completed application packets are submitted electronically. 

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


The 2022-23 USSYP Scholarship application period has closed.

Results will be posted in December 2022. 


2021-22 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 Daughters of the American Revolution (MT DAR) sponsors scholarship opportunities available to Montana's youth: 

  • American history essay contest for grades 5-8 Open to ALL Students in Montana 
  • Patriots of the American Revolution Essay – Grades 9-12 Open to ALL Students in Montana
  • Good Citizen Award and Scholarship – each High School can nominate one high school senior as a good citizen.

Contact your local DAR Chapter for more information on these contests. 

The Daughters of the American Revolution work to support education in Montana. 

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