Senators John Walsh and Jon Tester are encouraging Montana students to apply for the United States Senate Youth Program, a week-long leadership program that introduces students to the inner workings of the government and importance of democracy.

Two Montana students will join 102 of their peers from around the country to take part in the conference that will feature guest lectures and tours of national landmarks. Each participant will receive a $5,000 college scholarship in addition to the all-expenses paid trip to the nation’s capital.

The 53rd annual United States Senate Youth Program will take place March 7-14, 2015, and interested Montana applicants should contact their high school principal or Tobie Liedes at (406) 444-2417 and TLiedes2@mt.gov. Applications are due October 10, 2014.

Participants are in the top percentage of their states in academic and extracurricular performance, and they exhibit a strong interest in public affairs.

Best of luck to all!