Conrad, Hoeven Encourage North Dakota Students to Apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Educational Program Gives Young People a Chance to Observe Government in Action

Washington— North Dakota Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven announced today that the United States Senate Youth Program (USYPP) is now accepting nominations for its 50th Anniversary Washington Week.  The senators encouraged North Dakota high school students interested in public service careers to apply for the program, which brings students from across the country to the nation’s capital to experience the federal government in action. Student delegates receive an all-expense paid trip and a $5,000 undergraduate college scholarship from the Hearst Foundation. 

"The United States Senate Youth Program gives students a front-row seat to see their democracy in action.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity and we encourage North Dakota high school students to apply for the program," the senators said in a joint statement. 

The USSYP will be held March 3-10, 2012. The student delegates will visit Capitol Hill, the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the Supreme Court and other historic sites in Washington, and meet with senators, cabinet officers, government leaders and other policymakers. 

Two delegates will be chosen from each state. The program’s strongest candidates are students with outstanding leadership abilities, a firm commitment to public service, and high academic standing. The delegate selection is administered by each state’s chief school officer in cooperation with high school principals. Interested students should contact their local high school principal, or the state-level selection administrator, Pauline Iler, at paIler@nd.gov. 

Delegates must be juniors or seniors and elected student officers for the 2011-2012 academic year, and they must reside in the state where they attend school.  Eligibility considerations may also be made for student representatives elected or selected by a panel, commission or board to district, regional or state-level civic or educational organizations. Delegates must also be permanent residents of the United States. 

The application date for the State of North Dakota is October 21, 2011. Delegates will be formally announced in mid-December.  

More than 5,000 students have participated in the USSYP since its founding in 1962. Several have gone on to become government officials, including members of Congress, military leaders and foreign ambassadors. More information is available at www.ussenateyouth.org.