About the Program

The state of Iowa has accepted an invitation to participate in the U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP), sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The program is designed to give young Americans a working knowledge of American political life.

Each year two Iowa students have the opportunity to spend a week in Washington, D.C. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation pays all expenses. In addition, the two Iowa high school representatives each receive a $5,000 scholarship.

In order to qualify to be selected, students must be a junior or senior and be serving in an elected capacity within their school, community, etc. The submission process requires students to complete an application and two-page leadership essay. Students then take a qualifying examination on the U.S. Constitution and government.

The United States Senate Youth Program Committee will select the top four candidates from the selected pool of applications. The Program Committee will interview the top four candidates virtually and select two delegates and two alternates on all materials submitted and the interview. The award recipients are announced in December.

Each high school may nominate up to three students. Completed applications should be submitted to the appropriate AEA USSYP contact below.

The timeline for this year’s testing is as follows:

Date Description
October 2, 2017 4 p.m. deadline for receipt of the application form, profile sheet and essay to: Barb Schroeder, Central Rivers AEA, 1521 Technology Parkway, Cedar Falls, IA 50613. Information must be sent through the U.S. mail – faxed copies are not accepted.
October 5, 2017

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Testing at the following locations:

Cedar Falls Region: 1521 Technology Parkway, Iowa River Room, Cedar Falls, or

Clear Lake Region: 9184 265th Street, Room E, Clear Lake

October 19, 2017

9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Testing at the following location:

Marshalltown Region: 909 South 12th Street, Room E, Marshalltown


U.S. Senate Youth Program logo and link to website


For general program information, visit the www.ussenateyouth.org.