United States Senate Youth 
Scholarship Program - North Carolina

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Eligibility in N.C.

To apply for the U.S. Senate Youth Program in the state of North Carolina, a student must meet a minimum of the following criteria:

  1. Be a junior or senior in high school,
  2. Currently be enrolled in a public, private, N.C. public charter school, home school association
  3. Be a legal permanent resident or citizen of the United States,
  4. Have at least one parent or guardian who is a legal resident of North Carolina,
  5. Be currently serving in an elected or appointed leadership position in any one of the        following during the entire academic school year:
       * Student body president, vice president, secretary, or treasurer
       * Class president, vice-president, secretary, or treasurer
       * Student council representative
       * Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission or board) to 
         a local, district, regional or state-level civic, service and/or educational organization  
         approved by the state selection administration
       * National Honor Society officer (this may include a discipline-based Honor Society that 
         incorporates service components, e.g., the National English Honor Society, Social Studies 
         Honor Society, etc.)

Read the Hearst Foundations' National Requirements Information

Positions or Circumstances that Do NOT Qualify Students for Eligibility

1. Attendance to or holding an officer position at Boys/Girls Nation/State summer conference DOES 

    NOT qualify a student for USSYP.

2. Being a member of the National Honor Society DOES NOT qualify a student for USSYP(although 

    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 DOES NOT qualify a student for USSYP.

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

    conference, or competition DOES NOT qualify a student for USSYP.

5. JROTC leadership DOES NOT qualify a student for USSYP.
6. Participation or holding an officer position in academic clubs and/or educational competition
    programs/conferences DOES NOT qualify a student for USSYP, although many students who qualify
    participate in these activities.
7. 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. 

Additional explanation: A leadership position for a student’s academic enrichment experience like Mock Trial, Model UN or Debate Team does not qualify because it is not primarily in the service of others or representing a constituency of peers. JROTC, participation in Boys or Girls State, or the HOBY leadership seminar do not qualify a student, although many of students take part in these activities. These activities may be used to support the candidate's overall portrait of leadership, but may not be used as the qualifying position of eligibility.  Keep in mind that public service is the core mission of this program. 


  • Any high school junior or senior enrolled in a public, public charter, private, or homeschool association school may apply on his/her own initiative.  Students DO NOT have to wait to be selected or nominated by a school or a school official in order to apply to the U.S. Senate Youth Program in North Carolina

  • Students must be able to show demonstrated leadership by serving in elected or appointed positions in which they are actively representing a constituency in organizations related to student government, education, public affairs and community service.  

  • Students applying for the Senate Youth Program opportunity should be participating in and able to show a history, prior to the year of application submission, of leadership, public service, and government or civic related activities. The organization a student plans to use to qualify them as meeting eligibility requirements MUST have a service component.

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 menu bar above.