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2018-19 U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program

Deadline: September 28

The members of the U.S. Senate and the directors of the Hearst Foundations have announced the annual U.S. Senate Youth Scholarship Program.

 

Two student leaders from each state will spend a week in Washington witnessing their federal government in action. Delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials for the Departments of State and Defense and others. Students will also have the opportunity to visit the Senate, House of Representatives, Supreme Court, Pentagon and various Smithsonian museums.

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OSDE coordinates and implements the USSYP annually. Two Oklahoma high school students will win a one-week, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the week of March 2-9, 2019, and a $10,000 college scholarship.

 

The competition is limited to juniors and seniors who are currently serving in any of the following student government offices:

  1. Student body president, vice-president, secretary or treasurer
  2. Class president, vice-president, secretary or treasurer
  3. Student council representative
  4. National Honor Society officer (including discipline-based honor societies such as the National English and Social Studies Honor Societies that include service components)
  5. Student representative elected or appointed to a district, regional or state-level civic or educational organization

Each student must be a permanent resident of the United States and currently enrolled in a public or private secondary school located in the state in which either one of his or her parents or guardians legally resides.

The only requirement for accepting the scholarship is that students must, within two years after high school graduation, enroll at an accredited United States college or university, pledging to include courses in government or related subjects in their undergraduate program

 
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. • Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. • Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of Students! Win cash prizes! Oklahoma’s 2018 First Amendment Essay Contest Oklahoma high school students—grades 9 to 12—are invited to enter the 2018 Zach Taylor First Amendment Essay Contest, sponsored by Freedom of Information Oklahoma. For the essay, pick one of the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment (speech, press, religion, assembly, or government petition) and write about its importance to our way of life. Students are encouraged to do factual research on the topic, but to write creatively and personally, rather than write a report. Entries should be about 500 words, typed, double-space. Each entry must include the following: Student’s name Name of student’s school Name of student’s teacher Name of student’s principal Student’s mailing address Contact phone number Student’s personal e-mail address (if student has one) Cash prizes will be awarded to winning essays. First prize is $300, second place will receive $200, and third place will win $100. Seven students will receive honorable mentions and iTunes® gift certificates. Cash prizes will be awarded on November 14 at the 2018 First Amendment Congress at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. All entries must be received by October 24. E-mail entries to: Bill Young, Public Information Manager Oklahoma Department of Libraries Bill.Young @ libraries.ok.gov Sharing a Google Doc? Give permission to youngbill57@gmail.com Contest deadline October 24 2018 Questions about the contest? Please contact Bill Young at (405) 522–3562
Students! Win cash prizes! Oklahoma’s 2018 First Amendment Essay Contest Oklahoma high school students—grades 9 to 12—are invited to enter the 2018 Zach Taylor First Amendment Essay Contest, sponsored by Freedom of Information Oklahoma. For the essay, pick one of the freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment (speech, press, religion, assembly, or government petition) and write about its importance to our way of life. Students are encouraged to do factual research on the topic, but to write creatively and personally, rather than write a report. Entries should be about 500 words, typed, double-space. Each entry must include the following: Student’s name Name of student’s school Name of student’s teacher Name of student’s principal Student’s mailing address Contact phone number Student’s personal e-mail address (if student has one) Cash prizes will be awarded to winning essays. First prize is $300, second place will receive $200, and third place will win $100. Seven students will receive honorable mentions and iTunes® gift certificates. Cash prizes will be awarded on November 14 at the 2018 First Amendment Congress at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond.