United States Senate Youth Program
Each year, the William Randolph Hearst Foundation sponsors two high school juniors or seniors from each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia to attend the United States Senate Youth Program - an all-expense paid, weeklong tour of Washington, DC and to receive a $10,000 scholarship. In Washington state, the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) administers the program. AWSP, through its student leadership program AWSL, sponsors eleven week-long High School Summer Leadership Camps for student body officers, class officers and other student leaders. Nine of these camp sessions have implemented a selection process, with two students being selected as finalists for the Senate Youth Program scholarships from each camp.
In the fall, AWSP appoints a committee to review the 18 nominees from all of the camps, who then interview each finalist and select two as the delegates for the state of Washington. It is important to note that the only way to become eligible for the Senate Youth Program and scholarship is to attend one of the leadership camps held either at the Cispus or Chewelah Peak Learning Centers. Attendance is not a guarantee - a student must be selected as a finalist at the camp session they attend and chosen by the principals' committee to represent the state. Only students entering their Junior or Senior years are eligible for nomination. The state winners will travel to Washington, DC on dates set by the Senate Youth Program, which will be March 7-14, 2019 for this year's program.
How to apply
Each camp has its own process for applying for the Senate Youth Program and Scholarship. Most camps require you to fill out your application and interview during your camp session. Please see the individual camp pages (menu at left) for more information.