Although the Coolidge Scholarship is highly competitive, students shouldn’t let this discourage them from applying. In addition to the full-ride scholarship, all applicants are also automatically considered for the Coolidge Senators Program. Each year, the Coolidge Foundation names up to 100 top applicants “Coolidge Senators.”

Coolidge Senators receive a one-time $1,000 college scholarship and are invited to take part, all-expenses-paid, in the annual Coolidge Senators Summit in Washington, D.C. During the four day Summit, Coolidge Senators tour the nation’s capital, discuss pressing issues in policy and business with renown experts, and engage in formal debates on issues of national importance.

The Summit gives Senators a glimpse of the inner workings of our government. Past activities have included: touring the East Wing of the White House, engaging in Q&A with former congressmen on the House floor, speaking with Supreme Court Justice clerks, hearing from former Governors, and meeting with top officials from federal agencies like the Office of Budget and Management and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

While the typical trip to Washington might normally focus solely on government, the Coolidge Summit exposes Senators to a variety of topics ranging from history, to public policy, to technology, to business, to ethics. In addition to learning first hand about American civics, Senators will hear from business leaders on the topics relating to entrepreneurship and innovation in fields ranging from medicine, to manufacturing, to finance.

Importantly, the Summit provides the opportunity for Coolidge Senators to forge friendships with other top students from across America. Designation as a Coolidge Senator opens up a wide network of both peers and mentors. The Coolidge Foundation provides further enrichment opportunities for Coolidge Senators during their college years.

Typically, the Summit takes place in August following the Scholarship application process. Senators stay at the historic Willard Hotel, just a block from the White House, where Calvin Coolidge himself lived during his vice presidency. Click here to read testimonials on the Summit from Coolidge Senators.

To apply to the Coolidge Scholarship and Coolidge Senators Program, please visit coolidgescholars.org.