USSYP Selection Process – How to Qualify
Qualified junior or senior high school students must show demonstrated leader-ship through public service in elected or appointed positions in organizations that relate to government, public affairs, history and / or community service. They must be actively serving in qualified leadership positions for the entire 2016– 2017 academic year.
Two student delegates and a first and second alternate will be selected from each state and the District of Columbia by the chief state school officer. The Hearst Foundations will provide $1,000 to each state-level department of education to assist with the selection expenses for the program, and will provide a rigorous public affairs examination that states may use in the selection process.
The DoDEA central administrative office will select the DoDEA delegates and alternates residing overseas. Military dependents who reside and attend schools in the U.S. shall apply for the program under the RESIDENCY ruling shown below, and represent the state in which they currently reside.
Alternate delegates will be selected as replacements if a primary delegate is unable to participate in Washington Week. If the primary delegate is unable to attend, The Hearst Foundations must be notified in advance. Attendance during the Washington Week program is required to receive the financial scholarship; appropriate disposition of scholarship funds will be determined by the program director in the event a primary delegate is unable to attend the program due to emergency circumstances.
Selection will be based on the student’s outstanding abilities and demonstrated qualities of leadership in an elected or appointed high school student office for the entire 2016-2017 school year. A student who graduates high school at the close of the fall 2016 semester / quarter is not eligible to apply for the program.
- Any high school junior or senior student is eligible for the program provided he or she has not previously been a delegate to Washington Week and has not received a USSYP scholarship.
- Student Body president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
- Class president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
- Student Council representative
- Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission or board) to a local, district, regional or state-level civic, service and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator.
- Participation in academic clubs and or educational competition programs or conferences do not qualify a student for the USSYP, although many students who qualify participate in such.