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Senators encourage high schoolers to apply for 2018 Senate Youth Program

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Are you a Mississippi high school student with an interest in local or national politics? Well, U.S. Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker think you might be interested in applying for the 2018 U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP). 

The deadline for applications is October 13 in order to be selected to participate in the 56th annual USSYP Washington Week in Washington, D.C., and receive a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship.

Applications will be considered from high school seniors or juniors involved in student government, civic or educational organizations. The selection of Mississippi’s two delegates will be based in part on academic achievement, leadership capabilities and public service.

“The U.S. Senate Youth Program is a respected scholarship program that offers opportunities for young, civic-minded leaders to join with their peers to learn more about our American government,” Cochran said. “I hope eligible students from across Mississippi will apply to be part of the 2018 program.”

Last year the delegates chosen were Cade Slaughter of Hattiesburg, and Braeden Folenauer of Southahaven.

The program is competitive and merit-based. Students will receive scholarships as well as a week long trip, March 3-10, 2018, to Washington. The non-profit Hearst Foundation funds and administers the USSYP

“The U.S. Senate Youth Program continues to provide incredible opportunities for students to build important leadership skills and experience the nations’s capitol firsthand,” Wicker said. “Mississippi students should not hesitate to apply for this year’s program.”

If interested you can apply at

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