U.S. Senator Joe Manchin encouraged West Virginia high school juniors and seniors interested in government and public service to apply for the 53rd 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, D.C. on March 7-14, 2015. In addition, the delegates will each receive a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship to the college or university of their choice. The application deadline is September 19.
“Every year, the U.S. Senate Youth Program brings together the brightest young leaders from around our country for a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to experience American democracy,” Senator Manchin said. “During the program, our students will get a firsthand look at the U.S. Senate, and they will gain an unparalleled understanding of the political processes of our government. This is a truly special opportunity for our West Virginia students to explore a future in public service, and I strongly encourage those who are interested in government to apply for this outstanding program.”
During the week-long program, the 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 x 53220.