Merit-based and Highly Competitive
The U.S. Senate Youth Program is merit-based and highly competitive!
Qualified junior or senior high school students applying for this opportunity must show demonstrated leadership through public service in elected or appointed positions where they are actively representing a constituency in organizations that relate to government, public affairs, history and / or community service. Qualifying students MUST be serving and representing their peers and working in service of others for the entire academic year. Each student must be actively serving in a qualified leadership position, enrolled in high school, and living the entire 2019–2020 academic year in the state they will represent.
Two student delegates and a first and second alternate will be selected by a final selection committee at the state level. The two winning delegates will represent North Carolina and the U.S. Senators for North Carolina in an intensive educational program during the week-long 58th Annual Washington Week, March 7-14, 2020. Each of the two winning delegates will be awarded $10,000 undergraduate college Scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science. To receive the scholarship, winners MUST attend the entire Washington Week activity in order to receive the scholarship.
Now in its 58th year of existence, this 2012 video celebrating the program's 50 year milestone captures the spirit of the Senate Youth program.