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Applications for U.S. Senate Youth Program open until September 29

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U.S. Senators Roger and Cindy Hide-Smith are encouraging Mississippi juniors and seniors involved in student leadership to apply for the 2024 U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

The program will provide $10,000 in college scholarships to two delegates from the Magnolia State. Prospective delegates must be juniors or seniors and elected or appointed student officers for the 2023-2024 academic year.

The delegates from Mississippi will join 102 others nationwide and attend the 62nd Annual Washington Week from March 2-9, 2024.

“For 62 years, the U.S. Senate Youth Program has provided the incredible opportunity for students to see their government and policymaking firsthand,” Senator Wicker, R-Miss., said. “I encourage all eligible Mississippians to apply to represent our state.”

The U.S. Senate established the USSYP in 1962 to introduce student leaders to the federal government and public policy. It is fully funded and administered by the nonprofit Hearst Foundation.

Washington Week activities include meetings with national lawmakers, cabinet members, state and defense department officials, senior members of the national media, and other policymakers.

“There are so many young leaders across our state and I hope many of them will apply to represent Mississippi in the U.S. Senate Youth Program,” Senator Hyde-Smith, R-Miss., said. “This well-established and respected program offers chances for students to meet with national leaders and network with peers from across the country.”

Interested students can review the USSYP 2024 Washington Week brochure and click here for more information.

The Mississippi Department of Education has set a September 29 deadline for applications to the program. Mississippi’s USSYP application is available here.

 Students interested in applying are urged to contact their high school principal or Mississippi’s state selection administrator.

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