2021 United States Senate Youth Program

The Virginia Department of Education will select two student delegates to represent Virginia in  the United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst  Foundation. Each delegate will receive a $10,000 scholarship. Delegates will attend the 59th  annual United States senate youth program Washington week online, March 14 - 18, 2021. 

MEMO 277-20 

2021 United States Senate Youth Program (Scholarship Opportunities for High School Juniors and Seniors) (Word) 

MEMO 277-20, Attachment A: Student Application 2021 United States Senate Youth Program (Word) 

MEMO 277-20, Attachment B: Student Essay Response 2021 United States Senate Youth Program (Word) 


Application and Selection Process for the 2021 USSYP delegate: 

Applications will include an essay component and should be submitted via email to  [email protected]. All applications will be reviewed and ten finalists will be  chosen to complete an online portion of the Public Affairs examination.  

The exam is designed to test knowledge of the United States Constitution, American  History, and knowledge of public affairs and current events. In addition to the online  exam, the ten finalists will participate in a virtual interview with a panel of judges  appointed by the Virginia Department of Education.  

The panel will consider the examination results, outstanding academic ability, and  demonstrated qualities of leadership and community service when making the final  selection to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia. 

Selected delegates must hold a leadership position in any one of the following student  government, civic, or educational organizations during the entire 2020-2021 academic  year. 

Please DO NOT mail applications to the VDOE. Applications and required essay questions  must be emailed to the Virginia Department of Education History and Social Science  program at [email protected], by Friday, December 11, 2020. 

Contact for Further Information: 


Website by SchoolMessenger Presence. © 2022 Intrado Corporation. All rights reserved.