Selection Process : How to Apply
The student is required to be actively serving in an elected or appointed capacity in any one of the following student government, civic or educational organizations during the entire 2017-2018 school year:
- Student Body president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
- Class president, vice president, secretary or treasurer
- Student Council representative
- National Honor Society officer
- Student representative elected or appointed (appointed by a panel, commission or board) to a local, district, regional or state-level civic, service and/or educational organization approved by the state selection administrator.
Participation or holding an officer position in academic clubs, educational competition programs or conferences do not qualify a student for USSYP, although many students who qualify participate in such activities.
The positions listed below do NOT qualify the student for the program:
- Attendance or officer position at Boys/Girls Nation/State summer conference
- Member of the National Honor Society (serving as an elected officer for the organization for the entire school year is acceptable)
- A founder or chairperson of a self-created group
- A participant, captain or officer in Mock Trial, Debate Team, Model U.N. or other academic club, conference or competition
RESIDENCY – Each student must be a legal permanent resident or citizen of the United States at the time of application. The student must be enrolled for the entire academic year in a public or independent high school located in the state (including for these purposes the District of Columbia), in which at least one of his/her parents or guardians currently resides. Home-educated students must be approved to apply by their state selection contact.
Exceptions to the residency requirement will only be made in the following cases:
- Students from DoDEA overseas will represent the state(s) of which the parents/guardians are U.S. legal voting residents. Students attending DoD schools in the U.S. or students enrolled through U.S. military bases in local schools will represent the state in which their school is located.
- Students may reside in a state other than the state in which they attend school if they are enrolled in the only designated public high school available to them in a school district that legally crosses contiguous state borders through legal interstate agreement. Students in these schools shall make application to the program through the state where the high school is located and shall represent that state if selected.