Senate Youth Program now accepting applications

By WLOX Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WLOX) - Two Mississippi teens interested in pursuing careers in public service will soon get the opportunity of a lifetime. U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker announced on Friday that applications are being accepted for the U.S. Senate Youth Program.

Two high school juniors or seniors are selected each year from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity to serve as delegates to Washington Week which generally takes place the first or second week of March.

During Washington Week the student delegates attend briefings and meetings with Senators, the President, a Justice of the Supreme Court, cabinet members, federal agency leaders and senior members of the national media.

The 104 student delegates also receive a $5000 undergraduate college scholarship to the college or university of their choice with encouragement to continue coursework in government and history. The Hearst Foundations have fully funded the USSYP since its inception, including transportation, accommodations, meals and individual college scholarships - no government funds are ever utilized.

The selection process begins when high school teachers and principals nominate qualified students starting in early fall. To qualify, students must hold student body office or another elected or appointed position in their communities and show academic interest and aptitude in government, history and politics.

The chief state school officer in each state makes the final selection of two delegates and two alternates by December 1.

The nomination deadline for Mississippi delegates is October 2nd. To print out an application, visit

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