United States Senate Youth 
Scholarship Program - North Carolina

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Am I Eligible To Apply To Be A Senate Youth Candidate For North Carolina?

Eligibility Requirements


To apply for the United States Senate Youth Scholarship in the state of North Carolina, a student must be ...

  1. A junior or senior in high school,
  2. Currently be enrolled in a public, private, or charter school in North Carolina,
  3. A permanent resident of the United States,
  4. Have at least one parent or guardian who is a legal resident of North Carolina,
  5. Serving in an elected or appointed capacity as one of the following:
       * Student body president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer;
       * Class president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer;
       * Student council representative; or
       * Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission, or board) to
         district, regional, community, or state-level civic/government or political organization.


Any eligible high school junior or senior enrolled in a public, private, or public charter school in North Carolina may apply on his/her own initiative. 


Students DO NOT have to wait to be selected or nominated by a school or school official in order to apply for this opportunity in North Carolina. 


A student who graduates or officially completes their high school coursework at the end of the fall semester/quarter is NOT eligible to apply for the United States Senate Youth Scholarship.

Positions That Do NOT Qualify Students for Eligibility


The positions listed below do NOT qualify the student for the program:

1. Attendance or officer position at Boys/Girls Nation/State summer conference

2. Member of the National Honor Society (serving as an elected officer for the organization for the entire school year is acceptable)

3. A founder or chairperson of a self-created group

4. A participant, captain or officer in Mock Trial, Debate Team, Model UN or other academic club, conference, or competition

Students who are elected or appointed members of any of these will have to qualify for eligibility under the requirements outlined for eligibility.


Where Do I Get an Application?


A student who is interested in applying for the Senate Youth Scholarship program in North Carolina may get an application by clicking the NC Forms button in the toolbar above. 


Any interested student who is enrolled in a public, private, or public charter school in North Carolina does not have to wait to be selected by a school official in order to apply for this opportunity.  A student may apply on their own initiative.


Only Completed Applications Considered


A completed application package includes all the following:

  1. Application -Form A
  2. Typed Essay -Form B
  3. Digital Presentation -Form C
  4. Two letters of Recommendation 

      * One letter from a teacher who has taught you, and   

      * One letter from the current Sponsor to the Club/Organization you are using to certify you as a

         eligible candidate on your application  


Application Submission Deadline

Submit ALL completed application materials to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in Raleigh on or before 11:59 p.m. Sunday, October 7, 2018.  Applicants MUST follow ALL directions for submission found printed on the application.