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Want to see Washington DC and get a $10K scholarship? Here’s how

Two Mississippi high school juniors and seniors will get to spend a week in Washington and earn a $10,000 scholarships.
Two Mississippi high school juniors and seniors will get to spend a week in Washington and earn a $10,000 scholarships. AP File

The deadline is fast approaching for $10,000 scholarships from the U.S. Senate.

A press release from the state Department of Education said the deadline is Oct. 13 to apply for the U.S. Senate Youth Program.

Sens. Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker are encouraging high school juniors and seniors to apply to be Mississippi’s delegates to the USSYP Washington Week. The two selected also will receive the scholarships.

Delegates are chosen, in part, based 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 nonprofit Hearst Foundation fully funds and administers the USSYP.

“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 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 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 http://www.ussenateyouth.org for more information.

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

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