UNITED STATES SENATE YOUTH PROGRAM
EDUCATION * LEADERSHIP * PUBLIC SERVICE
The Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) is accepting nominations for the 50th United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Two Mississippi high school students will be selected to receive a one-time $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history or political science. In addition, the students will attend a week-long government and leadership education program in Washington, D.C. on March 3 – 10, 2012 as guests of the United States Senate. The USSYP is underwritten entirely by The Hearst Foundations.
The USSYP is a merit-based and highly competitive program. A student nominated to the USSYP should possess outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to public service. To qualify for the program, a student must be: (1) a high school junior or senior, (2) a permanent resident of the United States, and (3) currently enrolled in a public or private secondary school in Mississippi. An eligible student must be currently serving in an elected or appointed capacity in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations:
- Student Body President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer
- Class President, Vice-President, Secretary, or Treasurer
- Student Council Representative
- Student representative elected or appointed to a district, regional, state-level civic or educational organization.
The deadline for submission of nomination forms is Friday, September 30, 2011. Nominations received or postmarked after the deadline will not be processed.
Note: All students nominated to the USSYP must take the National Qualifying Examination. The examination will be given Saturday, October 29, 2011 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The examination is composed of questions pertaining to American history; and local, state, and national government including political leaders and government officials. Following the deadline, nominated students will receive notification of their eligibility to participate in the program and information regarding examination locations.
The Official Nomination Form
The US Senate Youth Program Brochure
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Directory of Scholarship Websites
General Information About the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) & Scholarships
Financial Aid & Scholarship Research
Scholarship Opportunities from Various Foundations & Organizations
Writing a Successful Proposal
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Jackson, MS 39205
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