WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley encourages Iowa students to consider competing for one of two spots in the U.S. Senate Youth Program.
All together, 102 student delegates from the 50 states and the District of Columbia will participate in this program's 52nd annual Washington Week March 8-15.
Student delegates selected for the program will learn about the relationship between the three branches of the federal government and will meet with Senators, cabinet officials, and other government leaders and policymakers. The students will visit Capitol Hill, the White House, the Pentagon, the State Department, the Supreme Court and other sites in Washington.
The program pays for participants' trip to the nation's capital, and each student receives a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship.
"It's important for students to learn about government and understand the democratic process," Grassley said. "This is an opportunity for students to gain firsthand knowledge and witness government in action. I encourage young leaders in Iowa to apply."
Delegate selection is administered by individual states' chief school officer in cooperation with high school principals. Applications are due Oct. 4 and the names of students selected will be formally announced by the U.S. Senate Youth Program in December.
Interested applicants should contact their high school principal or the state-level selection administrator to apply. In Iowa, the administrator is Stefanie Rosenberg-Wager, 515-275-7842 or email@example.com.
According to the program, selected students generally rank academically in the top one percent of students in their states, in addition to possessing outstanding leadership abilities and a strong commitment to public service.
The 2014 program brochure with detailed rules and information about the selection process and the program's annual yearbook are at www.ussenateyouth.org.