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United States Senate Youth

Scholarship Program - North Carolina

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 show an active history of serving and representing their peers and working in service of others. Each student must be actively serving in a qualified leadership position, enrolled in high school, and living the entire school year in the state they will represent. The two student delegate winners selected by a committee at the state level will represent their state in an intensive educational program during a week-long experience in Washington D.C. Each of the two winning delegates will also be awarded a $10,000 undergraduate college Scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.

In existence since 1962, this United States Senate Youth Program video captures the spirit and intent of the Senate Youth program.

United States Senate Youth Scholarship Program

Committed To Preparing Young People For Citizenship And Leadership


The nation's United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is an educational

opportunity open to outstanding high school juniors and seniors interested

in pursuing careers in public service.

Ms. Michelle McLaughlin

 United States Senate Youth Coordinator in North Carolina

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

[email protected] 

Read the U.S. Senate Youth Program National 

Press Release 

Saturday, September 11, 2021,

9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

‚ÄčSenate Youth Application Q & A: 

Making Sure I Get It Right Webinar

Thank you to those students who attended the Saturday Morning Q&A.  Do not forget there will be another Q&A on Sunday, September 26.  

See the link below. 

Save the Date

Sunday, September 26, 2021,

2 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Click Below for the Link and Copy it Into Your Calendar

Final Senate Youth Application Q & A: 

Office Hour Webinar for N.C. Applicants

N.C. Senate Youth Office Hours 

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

These office hours offer those applying or interested in applying the opportunity to speak with the state coordinator and ask questions.

    1.  Wednesday, August 11
    2.  Wednesday, August 18
    3.  Wednesday, August 25
    4.  Wednesday, September 1 
Thank you to those students who reached out during office hours.  Anyone applying is encouraged to remember that you may still reach out if you have questions.  See the email contact to the left or use the Contact Us tab at the top of the page.

Learn More About the U.S. 

Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Scholarship Program (USSYP) is sponsored by the U.S. Senate. It is funded and administered by the Hearst Foundations. Read for more information using the links below.