United States Senate Youth Program

The United States Senate Youth Program is for high school students who demonstrate leadership and an interest in government. Students must be a junior or senior in high school to apply.

In 1962, the United States Senate voted unanimously to endorse a nationwide youth program to bring high school students to Washington, DC for a brief introduction to the functions of the federal government. The program was created and authorized by Senate Resolution 234 and has been reauthorized ever since. The original resolution specified that the program be "supported by private funds with no expense to the federal government". As a result, The Hearst Foundations assumed financial support of the program and continues its sponsorship today.

The annual United States Senate Youth Program authorizes the selection of 104 student delegates, two from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Office of Dependents Schools. The delegates are immersed in Washington activities throughout their week-long stay. Their stops include visits to the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Supreme Court, and the Pentagon. Delegates hear major addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials of the Department of State and the Department of Defense, as well as other federal departments.

The Hearst Foundations pay all expenses for the week-long Washington stay, including transportation, hotel accommodations, and meals. Each delegate is also awarded a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies. Members of all branches of the US military chaperone the students for the week.

Additional Information

Texas Application Process

Texas Application Criteria

United States Senate Youth Program Texas Delegates

United States Senate Youth Program (Not Texas Specific)

2017 United States Senate Youth Program Brochure

Texas Application Process

Thank you for your interest in applying for the Texas Delegate to the United States Senate Youth Program. A committee of school principals select two delegates and two alternates to represent Texas in this program. The commissioner of education provides final approval.

Application Opens annually in August.
Application Closes annually October 15.

To begin the application process, interested students should:

Texas Application Criteria

The school the applicant attends must be located in the state in which either one of the applicant's parents or guardians legally reside. A student who attends school in a state other than the state of legal residence of his or her parents or guardians is not eligible. The student applicant must currently be serving in an elected capacity in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations:

  • Student Body: President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer
  • Class President, Vice president, Secretary or Treasurer
  • Student Council: Representative
  • District, regional, or state-level civic or educational organizations representative.

Note: School clubs (e.g., Chess Club are not considered civic or educational organizations).

United States Senate Youth Program Texas Delegates

The following chart lists the students selected by the Texas Commissioner of Education as Texas delegates and alternates to the United States Senate Youth Program. Alternates attend if the delegates are unable to attend.

School YearDelegatesAlternates
2015-2016Cesia Flores, South Texas ISD
Corina Lobo, San Antonio, ISD
James Schmidt, Arlington ISD
Maheen Khizar, South Texas ISD
2014-2015Jocelyn Hernandez-Vasquez, North East ISD
Vance Vaughan, Fort Bend ISD
Pauline Lota, Lubbock ISD
Cade Palmer, White Oak ISD
2013-2014Sachin Gupta, Northwest ISD
Sarah Lanford, Spring Branch ISD
Lisa Michaels, Plano ISD
William Wu, Clear Creek ISD
2012-2013Pooja M. Patel, Midland ISD
John Getz, Lubbock-Cooper ISD
Sachin Gupta, Northwest ISD
William Wu, Clear Creek ISD
2011-2012Hayden Greer, Hardin Jefferson ISD
Hailey Stevenson, Leander ISD
Santiago Garcia, Fort Bend ISD
Amy Cindy Chyao, Plano ISD
2010-2011Braydon Jones, Texarkana ISD
Joyce Kim, Allen ISD
Lillian Simon, Humble ISD
Rhonda Hooper, Lindale ISD
2009-2010William Ashford Hayes, Denton ISD
Jenny My Le, Clear Creek ISD
Chandler Nunez, Sinton ISD
Joyce Kim, Allen ISD
2008-2009Colin Parajon, Keller ISD
Hunter Skoog, Pine Tree ISD
Ruben Maldonado, Eagle Pass ISD
Nicole Heath, Coleman ISD
2007-2008William Gifford, Sugar Land ISD
Tara Viswanathan, Lubbock ISD
Mark Pavlyukovskyy, Denton ISD
Casey Manning, Kaufman ISD