Students can apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

North Dakota high school juniors and seniors interested in public service and government can apply for the United States Senate Youth Program.

The program brings together students from across the nation for a weeklong intensive look at the relationship between the three branches of the federal government and the responsibilities of elected and appointed officials. Participants receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., by The Hearst Foundations and a $5,000 college scholarship. The deadline to apply is Oct. 17.

Students will see firsthand how the government works and the importance of public service. Two North Dakota students will be chosen.

During the weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., March 7-14, 2015, the student delegates will visit Capitol Hill, the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the Supreme Court and other historic sites in Washington. The students will also have the opportunity to meet with senators, cabinet officers, government leaders and other policymakers.

Eligible candidates include students with outstanding leadership abilities, high academic standing and a commitment to public service. Students must be high school juniors or seniors, elected student officers for the 2014-2015 academic year, and must reside in the state where they attend school. Interested students should contact their local high school principal or the state-level selection administrator, Patricia Laubach at

Since its founding in 1962, more than 5,000 students have participated in USSYP. Several have gone on to become government officials, including members of Congress, military leaders and foreign ambassadors. During the 2014 program, Bethany Berntson of Valley City and Tyler Toepke-Floyd of Wishek were selected to represent North Dakota.