Student & Parent Information

Information for Delegate Nominees and Parents

The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders will be held June 29, 30 and July 1, 2017, in Lowell, MA, just 30 minutes outside Boston. Tuition includes instruction, speakers, education personnel, your National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence and all activities at the Congress.

About the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists  The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders is sponsored by the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. 

The Academy was chartered as a nonpartisan, taxpaying institution working outside government in a public-private partnership to identify, encourage and mentor students who wish to devote their lives to the service of humanity as scientists or technologists.

The Academy accepts no public money. Extensive free services will be self-funded through proceeds from events and conferences.

The National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists  and the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists are both a part of the National Academies. The National Academies is committed to supporting America’s high achieving high school students through career- and focus-area programs and services and is positioned to support students with the skills, motivation, guidance and mentorship they need to stay on track to achieve their goals.

Hours of the Congress  On Thursday, June 29th, the Congress will begin at 6 pm and end at 11 pm.  On Friday the 30th and Saturday, July 1st, the Congress will begin at 10 am and end at 11 pm.  There will be plenty of time for meals and rejuvenation so the Delegates remain alert and energized throughout the day and evening.

Questions? If you have questions, please call the Office of Admissions at (617) 307-7425  or email

Selection  Students are nominated to become Delegates by their teachers, counselors and principals based on their dedication  to the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics , leadership potential  and academic excellence. Qualified  students  may also be identified  through  other means, such as academic events, recommendations, youth organizations,  honor  societies, scientific institutions, technology societies, program alumni, and in-classroom surveys such as the Talent Identification Program administered by My College Options.

Proof of GPA The Congress is an academic honors program. You must have a minimum 3.5 GPA (or equivalent), either current or cumulative, to attend. Unless you were nominated by a teacher, you must verify your GPA no later than 60 days prior to the Congress. Information on how to verify GPAs will be provided after enrollment.

Travel, Housing and Meals  Delegates are responsible for their own travel, housing, transportation and meals. Many students will travel with a parent, other adult or another Delegate from their school. There will be a variety of food, beverages and snacks available during the Congress.

To aid in travel plans, we have 3 options that may assist you:

1. We have several area hotel partnerships that offer special room rates for our delegates if booked by a certain date.
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2. For up-to-the-minute hotel availability in the Lowell, MA area and to book your hotel accommodations yourself without a booking fee, please click here.

3.  For a full-service travel agency while planning your trip, MacNair Travel agency can help with both an online booking ($10) at and agent-assisted booking ($35) at 703-687-1792 in Northern Virginia and toll free at 855-484-0543.

The Overnight Program was created for the student traveling to the Congress without a parent or guardian.  It is a pre-college experience for an independent traveler. Families should be aware that some airlines have recently changed their rules regarding teen travel. Included in the Overnight Program is: 

(1)   Airport/Train Station Pickup — Your child will be greeted by Congress staff at a predetermined place at the airport/train station and escorted to a private coach.  They will be asked to call you and confirm their safe arrival. 

(2)   Room Accommodations Check-In – Your child will be greeted by a Congress Overnight Program Staff who will make sure they are properly checked in and meet their roommates.  

(3)  Resident Assistants Available for Overnight Concerns – If your child gets sick or needs any other help, Resident Assistants staying on the floor with the students will be available at all times.  While the Resident Assistant cannot administer any medical treatment, they can escort your child to the emergency room and will stay with them at all times.

(4)  Airport/Train Station — Congress Overnight Program Staff will make sure your child is transported to meet their departing train/plane with time to spare.  Students will be instructed to call you to confirm that they are at the gate.

(5)   Meals — Breakfast is included each morning and will include a variety of hot and cold choices. Students should bring enough spending money to cover lunches and dinners that they will purchase at the Congress, plus any extra money they would like for beverages and snacks.  

(6)   Emergencies — You will have an emergency number to call 24 hours a day should you be unable to contact your child or need our help in any way.  

(7) Details and Logistics — Congress staff will be in touch with families in the weeks and months before the Congress with relevant information to assist with you in arranging travel and make the student’s stay and comfortable as possible.

Note:  All students attending the Congress will sign and be expected to abide by an Honor Code requiring the highest standards of behavior.  The Congress is an academic conference and honors program and all students must agree to conduct themselves in accord with that standard. If you have concerns about your child’s ability to comply with an Honor Code you should not send them with the Overnight Program, but should rather accompany them.

Parent Participation  Parents are enthusiastically  encouraged  to accompany  their child and observe the Congress without cost. So that the Delegates can take part in this experience together, parents will not be allowed to sit with their child but can observe the proceedings from a special parent’s viewing area. Seating for parents is limited to one parent on opening night of the Congress and on a space available basis for the other speaking sessions.  All family are welcome for the closing candlelit awards ceremony on the closing evening.

Students with Disabilities  We encourage all students with disabilities to attend. Please call the Office of Admissions to discuss your specific needs.

Will Attending the Congress Help You Gain Admission  to a Competitive College?  The education, motivation and recognition  at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders can inspire you to take the personal action  necessary to become a much stronger candidate  for admission to any competitive college. The choice is yours.  Attendance  at the Congress can also enrich your academic profile by adding  to your showcase of extracurricular  experience and achievements  when you apply to colleges and universities and visit them for interviews.

Washington Adventist University College Credit Attendees have the opportunity to earn college credit for attending the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. Details can be found at

Letters of Participation  The Academy will, upon  request, supply letters certifying your participation and matriculation in the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders. You can share these letters with colleges and universities as well as organizations offering grants and scholarships.

News Release  You will be able to create your own news release using an easy to follow program the Academy has developed.  Included are instructions on how to distribute this release to local newspapers and television stations so you can get maximum  recognition  for your achievements.

Cancellations and Refunds  You may receive a full refund of your paid tuition anytime up to 60 days after enrollment. The Academy strongly encourages families to purchase travel insurance to cover travel and tuition expenses in case of an unforeseen cancellation.