Opportunities for Junior or Senior High School Students

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 October 1, 2014



SUBJECT: Opportunities for Junior or Senior High School Students

United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP)

The USSYP is a unique educational experience for outstanding junior or senior high school students who demonstrate leadership and an interest in government. Texas selects two student leaders as delegates and two as alternates. The delegates spend a week in Washington, D.C. immersed in leadership activities. Delegates will visit the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, and Pentagon. Delegates will hear major addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials of the Department of State and the Department of Defense, as well as other federal departments. Delegates have all transportation, hotel and meal expenses provided. Each delegate is also awarded a $5,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies. The program is sponsored by the Hearst Foundations.

Please see the Texas Education Agency (TEA) USSYP webpage for more information: www.tea.state.tx.us/USSYP/

Application due date: October 15, 2014

United States Presidential Scholars Program

The United States (U.S.) Presidential Scholars Program honors graduating seniors for their outstanding scholarship and achievement. Seniors chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. to receive a medallion at a ceremony sponsored by the White House. While there, the students have opportunities to engage with accomplished people, participate in conversations over issues that concern America and the world, and participate in other activities.

TEA invites high school seniors graduating between January and June of 2015 to apply for the opportunity to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar. The Commissioner of Education will nominate five male and five female candidates to apply for the honor.

Please see TEA’s U.S. Presidential Scholars Program webpage for more information: http://www.tea.state.tx.us/Presidential_Scholar/  

Application due date: October 27, 2014


For more information on either of these programs, please contact Sara Grunberger by email at sara.grunberger@tea.texas.gov or by phone at (512) 936-6060.




Monica Martinez
Associate Commissioner
Standards and Programs