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Presidential Scholars & Senate Youth Student Scholarship Programs Accepting Student Nominations  print page

by: Rep. White, James

(Austin, TX) - The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is asking high school principals to submit student nominations to the United States Presidential Scholars Program and the United States Senate Youth Program.

Established in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program honors graduating seniors for their outstanding scholarship, achievement and promise of future success. In 2015, the Presidential Scholars Program extended their recognition of students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. The Commission on Presidential Scholars selects deserving seniors. These youth will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., where the Scholars program will present them with a medallion at a ceremony in their honor. While there, the students will engage in conversations and events over issues that concern America and the world.

Applications are due October 14, 2019. Please see the Texas Education Agency (TEA) U.S. Presidential Scholars Program webpage for more information:

The U.S. Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is a unique educational experience for talented junior or senior high school students who demonstrate outstanding leadership and a strong commitment to public service. Established in 1962, the annual USSYP authorizes the selection of 104 student delegates, two from each state, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Office of Dependents Schools to participate in a week-long immersion in Washington, D.C., activities. Delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials from the Departments of State and Defense, and other federal agencies, as well as participate in meetings with the president and a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Encouraging pursuit in careers in public service, the USSYP will award each student a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship.

The Texas Association of Secondary School Principals will compose a state committee to consider nominated applicants. Texas will select two student leaders as delegates (and two alternates) to participate in an intensive week-long educational program with students from across the nation. The program will take place from March 7, 2020 through March 14, 2020, in Washington, D.C.

Applications are due October 15, 2019. Please see the TEA USSYP webpage for more information:

"I highly encourage our school principals to look into selecting the finest individuals in Southeast Texas for the opportunity to participate in either of these programs," said State Representative James White. "I look forward to seeing our Southeast Texas youth representing our community in Washington DC as they embark on these educational opportunities."

For more information about either of these programs, please contact Cindee Tonnesen at

Please do not hesitate to contact Saul Mendoza, Chief of Staff, with questions regarding this release at 512-463-0490 or 409-283-3700.

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