U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) is encouraging West Virginia high school juniors and seniors interested in government and public service to apply for the 54th Annual United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Two applicants will be selected by the West Virginia Department of Education to attend the week-long government educational program held in Washington, DC on Mar. 5-12, 2016. In addition, the delegates will each receive a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship to the college or university of their choice. The application deadline is Sept. 14.
“Year after year, the brightest young leaders from around our country are brought together by the U.S. Senate Youth Program for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience American democracy,” Manchin said. “Through this program, students will gain an unparalleled understanding of the political processes of our government and get a firsthand look at the U.S. Senate. I strongly encourage all interested West Virginia students to take advantage of this special opportunity to explore a future in public service and apply for this extraordinary program.”
During the week-long program, students will learn about the history and procedures of the Senate, meet with high-level elected officials and be encouraged to explore a career in public service. They will also have the unique opportunity to hear major policy addresses by Senators, cabinet members, officials of the Departments of State and Defense and directors of federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Selection to the program will be based on the students’ proven academic excellence, leadership abilities and commitment to public service. Eligible students must also be currently serving as a student officer and be a West Virginia resident. Interested students should contact their high school principal or the West Virginia selection administrator, Robert Wiseman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-558-5325 ext. 53220.