Monday, August 28, 2017

Senators encourage students to apply for U.S. Senate Youth Program

Senators Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker issued the following press release.


Oct. 13 Application Deadline for Program Offering $10,000 Scholarships & Trip to Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) today encouraged Mississippi high school students to apply to represent the state at the 2018 U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP).

The USSYP has set an October 13 deadline to submit applications to participate in the 56th annual USSYP Washington Week in Washington, D.C., and receive a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship.  Applications will be accepted from high school seniors or juniors involved in student government, civic, or educational organizations.  The selection of Mississippi’s two delegates will be based, in part, on academic achievement, leadership capabilities and public service.

“The U.S. Senate Youth Program is a respected scholarship program that offers opportunities for young, civic-minded leaders to join with their peers to learn more about our American government,” Cochran said.  “I hope eligible students from across Mississippi will apply to be part of the 2018 program.”

“The U.S. Senate Youth Program continues to provide incredible opportunities for students to build important leadership skills and experience the nation’s capital firsthand,” Wicker said.  “Mississippi students should not hesitate to apply for this year’s program.”

The USSYP is a competitive merit-based program consisting of scholarships and a week-long trip, March 3-10, 2018, to Washington for each of the 104 delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Education Activity.  The non-profit Hearst Foundation fully funds and administers the USSYP.

The U.S. Senate established the program in 1962 to introduce student leaders to the federal government and public policy.  The USSYP Washington Week program includes meetings with U.S. Senators, a Supreme Court Justice, Defense Department officials, cabinet secretaries, and other policymakers.

Mississippi’s 2017 Senate Youth Program delegates were Cade Slaughter of Hattiesburg and Braeden Foldenauer of Southaven.

Interested students can visit for more information or access the 2018 USSYP brochure outlining the rules and selection process information here:  Again, the deadline to apply for the USSYP program is Oct. 13, 2017

Students may also contact their high school principal or Mississippi’s state-level selection administrator:

Ms. Tiffany Jones
Director of Teacher Recruitment
Mississippi Department of Education
(601) 359-3631


Anonymous said...

Working toward election year......throwing money at the plebes.

Anonymous said...

Be very cautious following the advice from either of these guys. They pay handlers to keep their true agendas secret.

Anonymous said...

Just saw on the internet that the same Roger Wicker who advocates retiring the state flag is up in arms over the removal of Confederate statues.

Anonymous said...

The USSYP was established by a Senate Resolution and it has been around for decades, and I believe that Mississippi has sent two delegates to the program every year - election year or not.

I participated in the program as a high school student, and it was one of the highlights of my education. I made real friendships with some of the brightest high school students from around the country, and I received needed college scholarship funds. I wouldn't have known about the USSYP if were not for a particularly good guidance counselor at my school, and I fear that a lot of bright young MS minds that would benefit from this program never hear about it from their schools. I say anything that makes more MS kids aware of the program is a good thing.

And before you start posting messages about tax dollars, this is all privately funded.

You people that want to knock Wicker and Cochran for everything they do need a little more perspective. Hopefully this program will benefit Mississippi kids for decades to come -- maybe even your kids.

Anonymous said...

9:37am - Good for you sir! Very glad you benefited from and enjoyed the program. So, perhaps you're mature enough now to know just how corrupt Wicker and Cochran are in looking the other way while BILLIONS of yes, tax dollars, that have been stolen/lost/wasted. Please say you've grown up and have a brain by now.....

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this info, Kingfish. Much appreciated.

Anonymous said...

9:37, thanks for your comments. I am sure that since you were smart enough to make this program, you can also discern the idiotic statements made on sites like this from folks that try to find any way possible, just by use of the name in the same sentence, to demean either Cochran or Wicker - or particularly when they get the chance - both.

This is a great program, has been around for decades. The Senators have promoted it every year attempting to get good qualified students to apply so that they can better themselves, both personally and intellectually.

Ignore the idiot teabaggers that look to spew their crap anywhere they can over any subject they can conjure if it relates to a conservative Republican that doesn't fit "their limited, ever-decreasing brand" of politics.

Anonymous said...

"The Senators have promoted it every year attempting to get good qualified students to apply so that they can better themselves, both personally and intellectually."

12:14 - Do you actually believe that?

Anonymous said...

12:14am - "Ignore the idiot teabaggers that look to spew their crap anywhere they can over any subject they can conjure if it relates to a conservative Republican that doesn't fit "their limited, ever-decreasing brand" of politics". seems the teabaggers led to a startup revolution that led to the President being elected. I realllllly don't think it's a "limited, ever-decreasing" brand of politics. On the's growing every day, even in the face of unprecedented hostility/propaganda from the corporate media. Perhaps the 2018 elections that are going to put RINOs out on the street in droves will determine if it's growing or dying....I'll live with that analogy with either outcome. But if there is a house cleaning, and more teabagger types are elected, you are sorely - wrong.....and must admit it.

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