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The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP), established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students. Each year, two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity spend a week in Washington, D.C., experiencing their national government in action. Student delegates hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies. Delegates also participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, each delegate will be awarded a $5,000 college scholarship. All transportation, hotel and meal expenses are provided by the Hearst Foundations.

The 53rd Annual U.S. Senate Youth Program

Washington, D.C.
March 7-14, 2015

Applicants are nominated by their principal and must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  1. Students are permanent residents of the U.S., and one of their parents or guardians is a legal resident of Maine.
  2. Students are juniors or seniors in a Maine school.
  3. Students must have been elected or appointed to one of the following posts for the 2013-14 school year:
    • Member or officer of student council, student senate or equivalent student government organization
    • Class officer – president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
    • Student representative on a district-, regional- or state-level civic and/or educational organization

Application process:

  • August 2014: Informational packets and specific instructions mailed to high school principals and headmasters.
  • Oct. 10, 2014: Deadline for completed applications to be sent via post to Kristie Littlefield, USSYP Coordinator; Maine Department of Education; 23 State House Station; Augusta, Maine 04333.
  • Oct. 30, 2014: Up to 10 finalists will be notified of advancement to the final round.
  • November 2014: The 10 finalists will convene in Augusta for interviews with a selection committee.
  • December 2014: The two finalists and two alternates will be announced.

Application information:


Senators Susan Collins (1971 USSYP delegate) and Angus King pose with Maine’s 2014 USSYP delegates,
Zachary Duperry (left, Deering High School) and Carolyn Liziewski (Catherine McAuley High School).

Read about the experience of Maine’s 2014 USSYP delegates in their own words:
Zach Duperry’s reflection (PDF)
Carolyn Liziewski’s reflection (PDF)