Principals encouraged to nominate one student for U.S. Senate Youth Program

The Maine DOE encourages all high school principals to nominate one candidate for consideration to represent Maine in Washington, D.C. during the 54th Annual United States Senate Youth Program for seven days in March 2016.

In addition to an all-expenses paid trip to observe the federal government in action, up to two Maine juniors or seniors will each receive a $5,000 scholarship. Student delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense and directors of other federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The program is sponsored by the United States Senate and funded and administered by the Hearst Foundations.

Informational packets with specific instructions outlining the application and selection process were mailed to high school principals in mid-August. Copies of the packet and additional information may be found on the Maine USSYP page. Nominees must submit all application materials by Oct. 15.

For questions contact the Department’s Social Studies Specialist Kristie Littlefield at kristie.littlefield@maine.gov or 624-6828.