Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Applications accepted for US Senate Youth program

The state of Iowa has accepted an invitation to participate in the U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP), sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The program is designed to give young Americans a working knowledge of American political life. Each year two Iowa students have the opportunity to spend a week in Washington, D.C. The William Randolph Hearst Foundation pays all expenses. In addition, the two Iowa high school representatives each receive a $5,000 scholarship. Selection of the two Iowa high school representatives is based on the outstanding ability and demonstrated leadership qualities of elected junior and senior high school officers.

Each high school may nominate up to three students. High School Juniors or Seniors students MUST be serving in some sort of elected capacity within their school, community, state etc in order to qualify for the USSYP.  Qualified students are encouraged to access this link for application and other details. 

Students must complete the application process and submit the materials to the attention: Leslie Pralle Keehn, Prairie Lakes AEA, 825 Beach Street, Webster City, IA 50595 NO LATER than Oct. 2. Then, between Oct. 3-Oct. 20, the applicant should arrange two hours to complete the qualifying test and essay at the PLAEA office in Webster City with Leslie Pralle Keehn.

Questions? Email Leslie Pralle Keehn. For general program information, visit the

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