Official Rules

Selection Process  :    Official Rules

  1. Attending the entire Washington Week ONLINE public service and leadership program and the college scholarship are one, inseparable award. Attendance at all online program events is required and monitored.
  2. All students must agree in writing to fully block the entire formal time frame of the online program to participate in Washington Week ONLINE.
  3. No outside activities, schoolwork, appointments, meetings or other communications will be permitted to interrupt an individual delegate’s full attendance of the program. This policy includes any other outside activity, class, conference, scholarship competition or event of another organization taking place during the Washington Week ONLINE. 

    Required Timeframe:

    Sunday, March 14, 2021 3:00–8:00 PM EST

    Monday, March 15–Thursday, March 18, 2021 11:00 AM–7:00 PM EST

  4. The chief state school officer from each state, the District of Columbia and DoDEA must submit in writing to The Hearst Foundations by February 5, 2021 the names of the
  5. Code of Conduct: Delegates will be the guests of the United States Senate and The Hearst Foundations throughout the online program and are required to conduct them-selves with civility, dignity and professionalism. Debate and discussion are actively encouraged in an environment of tolerance, respect and inclusion. Students selected to the program are serving as at-large public representatives of their states, communities and schools, and attend the program to learn from the speakers and from one another. Students are prohibited from engaging in lobbying, petitioning, protest or overt political activism during Washington Week, whether in person or online.
  6. Failure to abide by rules and requirements of the program will result in dismissal from the program and forfeiture of the $10,000 scholarship award. Rules related to the USSYP and scholarship award shall be construed, interpreted and applied by The Hearst Foundations, whose action and determination shall be final and binding.