12/9/2022 -- Anushka Rawat, South High, is one of only two Missouri high school seniors selected as a delegate to the U.S. Senate Youth Program. Each student receives a week-long, expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. from March 4–11, 2023 and a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies. 104 student delegates were chosen to meet their U.S. senators and other government officials during the comprehensive education, leadership and public service learning experience.
The United States Senate Youth Program is an intensive week-long educational experience and scholarship sponsored by the United States Senate for outstanding high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in public service.
During Washington Week, the student delegates meet and learn from the highest level elected and appointed officials in Washington. The delegates attend briefings and meetings with senators, the president, a justice of the Supreme Court, cabinet members, federal agency leaders and senior members of the national media.
The mission of the United States Senate Youth Program is to provide a yearly opportunity for selected students to gain an in-depth view of the Senate and the federal government overall as well as a deeper understanding of the interrelationship of the legislative, judicial and executive branches. The program provides a foundation of knowledge and encouragement for those considering a future of public service on the local, state or national level.
Founded in 1962, the United States Senate Youth Program is sponsored and supported by the Senate. The Hearst Foundations have fully funded the USSYP since its inception, including transportation, accommodations, meals and individual college scholarships – no government funds are utilized.