United States Senate Youth 
Scholarship Program - North Carolina

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Am I Eligible To Apply For The U.S. Senate Youth Program in N.C.?

Any 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 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.


Eligibility Requirements


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. A junior or senior in high school,
  2. Currently be enrolled in a public, private, or charter school in North Carolina,
  3. 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. 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.)

Positions or Circumstances That Do NOT Qualify Students for Eligibility


The positions listed below DO NOT qualify the student for the USSYPprogram:

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

5. 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.
6. 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.


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 when the 2020 applications become available in August 2019.


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