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, 2018, in Lowell, MA, just 30 minutes outside Boston.

Hours of the Congress On Friday, June 29th, the Congress will begin at 6 pm and end at 11 pm. On Saturday the 30th and Sunday, 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.

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. Delegates must have a minimum 3.5 GPA (or equivalent), either current or cumulative, to attend. Unless nominated by a teacher, Delegates must verify their 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, the Academy offers ways to assist families:

1. The Academy has made partnerships with several area hotels that offer special room rates for our delegates. A download will be available January 2018 and different deadlines may be in imposed by the hotels.

2. For up-to-the-minute hotel availability in the Lowell, MA area and to book hotel accommodations without a booking fee, please click here.

(3)For a full-service travel agency to plan the trip, MacNair Travel Agency can help with both online booking ($10) at macnairport.com/scitechleaders.html and agent-assisted booking ($35) at (703) 687-1792 in Northern Virginia and toll-free at 1-855-484-0543.

The Overnight Program

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:

Included in the Overnight Program is:

(1) Airport/Train Station Pickup — Delegates 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 home and confirm their safe arrival.

(2) Room Accommodations and Check-In — Delegates 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 a Delegate gets sick or needs any other help, Resident Assistants staying on the floor with the Delegates will be available at all times.  While the Resident Assistant cannot administer any medical treatment, they can escort a Delegate to the emergency room and will stay with them at all times.

(4) Airport/ Train Station — Congress Overnight Program Staff will make sure Delegates are transported to meet their departing train/plane with time to spare.  Delegates will be instructed to call home 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. Delegates 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 — Parents will have an emergency number to call 24 hours a day should they be unable to contact their child or need our help in any way.  The Congress staff will always be in immediate contact with Resident Assistants.

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

NOTE: All students attending the Congress’ Overnight Program 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 any parent has concerns about their child’s ability to comply with an Honor Code they should not send them to the Congress with the Overnight Program, but should rather accompany them.

Parent Participation Parents are enthusiastically encouraged to accompany their Delegate 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 the opening night of the Congress and on a space available basis for the other speaking sessions. All family members are welcome for the closing candlelit awards ceremony on the closing evening.

Students with Disabilities The Academy encourages all students with disabilities to attend. Please call the Office of Admissions to discuss specific needs by phone at (617) 307-7425.

Will Attending the Congress Help Gain Admission to a Competitive College? The education, motivation, and recognition received at the Congress can inspire Delegates to take the personal action necessary to become a much stronger candidate for competitive college and medical school admissions. The choice is in the Delegate’s hands. Attendance at the Congress can also enrich a Delegate’s academic profile by adding and deepening their extracurricular experiences and achievements when they 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 www.ScitechLeaders.com/College-Credit.

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

News Release Delegates will be able to create their 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 Delegates can get maximum recognition for their achievements.

Cancellations and Refunds

Delegates may receive a Congress tuition refund within 60 days of their initial payment OR before April 26th, 2018, whichever date comes first.

For any other payments, including those for the Overnight Program, Washington Adventist University college credit, the College Domination Boot Camp, or any other additional program, students may receive a refund until April 26th, 2018.
Any cancellation and request for refund must be submitted in writing by the Parent/Guardian who submitted the enrollment online. Refunds may take 4-6 weeks to process.
The Academy strongly encourages families to purchase travel insurance to cover travel and tuition expenses in case of an unforeseen cancellation.

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.