Special Education Services

U.S. Senate Youth Program
Hearst Scholarship

High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for this program. The first phase of this program brings two students from each state to Washington, D.C., to participate in the U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP). Delegates will be immersed in Washington activities throughout their week-long stay.

Visits to the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court and Pentagon are interspersed with time spent at various Smithsonian museums. Delegates will hear policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials of various executive departments and others. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation pays all expenses for the week, including transportation, hotel and meals.

The second phase awards both recipients a college scholarship of $5,000. The Hearst Foundation requires that to obtain scholarship funds, a student must, within two years after high school graduation, enroll at an accredited U. S. college or university. The student is encouraged to include courses in government or related subjects to his or her undergraduate program.

A letter from the state superintendent, brochure and application concerning the USSYP and Hearst Scholarship is sent to high schools in early August. Applications can be obtained from guidance counselors or by choosing the application link in the Resource Box at right. Choose the brochure link for a description of the program and associated rules. The application period for the 2014-15 awards is now closed. The deadline was 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 3, 2014.

More information on this and other programs can be obtained at

In Illinois, contact Sally Veach, Principal Consultant, Illinois State Board of Education, Special Education and Support Services (N-243), 100 N. First St., Springfield, IL 62777-0001. Phone (217) 782-5589 or e-mail