Rep. Bill Foster (IL-14) is accepting applications from high school juniors interested in participating becoming a Congressional Page.
â€œThe Congressional Page Program is a tremendous learning opportunity for our future leaders,â€ Foster said. â€œMany successful and accomplished people have gotten their start from the Page Program, from Bill Gates to President Lyndon B. Johnson.â€
Foster will nominate one high school junior to the second session of the summer program in Washington, D.C., which runs from July 5 through Aug. 1. Pages assist members of Congress with their legislative duties, deliver correspondence and small packages within the congressional complex, answer phones in the member cloakrooms and prepare the House Floor for sessions.
Interested high school juniors must live in the 14th Congressional District of Illinois, and must be at least 16 years of age. Applicants must submit a completed application via fax or hand delivery to either Fosterâ€™s Dixon or Batavia office by the close of business on May 1.
Applications may be downloaded at foster.house.gov/UploadedFiles/pageapplication.pdf. Applicants will be asked to provide their Social Security number, a parental consent form, official transcript of high school grades, a written essay, a resume of extracurricular activities and letters of recommendation.
Members of Congress take turns nominating students for the Congressional Page Program, meaning that the opportunity to nominate a page is a rare occurrence.
For more information about the Congressional Page Program, visit pageprogram.house.gov.