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Iowa’s Delegates to the 2015 U.S. Senate Youth Program Announced

Two outstanding students have been selected to represent Iowa at the 53rd U.S. Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. March 7-14, 2015. The program is merit-based and highly competitive.

The two delegates are Jack Hostager from Hempstead High School in Dubuque and Joshua Hughes from Interstate 35 High School.  Iowa’s two delegates spent a week in Washington, D.C. and received a $5,000 scholarship. 

Congratulations to Jack and Joshua!

About the 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. Completed applications should be submitted to the appropriate AEA USSYP contact below. Check the the timeline within the Application Materials section below for specific due dates. Nominees take a qualifying examination (specific dates determined by each AEA) on the U.S. Constitution and government. The award recipients are announced in December.

For general program information, visit the



AEA USSYP Contacts

Keystone AEA 1 -  Katy Korbel
AEA 267 - Barb Schroeder
Prairie Lakes AEA 8 - Linda Linn
Mississippi Bend AEA 9 - Denise Tatoian
Grant Wood AEA 10 - Susie Green
Heartland AEA 11 - Kelly Schloss 
Northwest AEA - Shari Collins
Green Hills - Connie Richardson
Great Prairie AEA - Shannon Johnson


AEA USSYP Exam Dates

Keystone AEA 1 -  To Be Determined
AEA 267 - October 13, 2015
Prairie Lakes AEA 8 - To Be Determined
Mississippi Bend AEA 9 - October 14, 2015
Grant Wood AEA 10 - To Be Determined
Heartland AEA 11 - October 21, 2015 at 2 pm
Northwest AEA - October 14, 2015 at 9 am in Room F
Green Hills - To Be Determined
Great Prairie AEA - To Be Determined


USSYP Application Materials

2016 USSYP Brochure

USSYP Student Application

USSYP Information and Timeline


Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on November 29, 2015 at 11:20pm.