Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How did you become aware of me?
Students are nominated as Delegates to represent their schools and states by teachers, counselors, and principals who serve on the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists’ Honorary Board of Educators. Nominations are based on academic excellence, leadership potential and commitment to entering careers in the STEM areas of science, technology, engineering or mathematics.
Qualified students may also be identified through other means, such as academic fairs, recommendations from colleges, universities and medical institutions, medical societies, program alumni, and in-classroom surveys such as the Talent Identification Program administered by MyCollegeOptions.
MyCollegeOptions surveys are administered by teachers and used primarily by colleges to identify prospective candidates.
Q: Will this program help me get into a better college?
That is entirely up to you.
Your attendance at the Congress will enhance, elevate and broaden your high school intellectual experience and provide compelling guidance, mentorship, perspective, and inspiration for your future college studies and professional careers.
The people you meet and the stories you are privy to at the Congress will be the source of important conversation in college interviews and fascinating topics for your college application essays as you compete for places at America’s top universities.
Q: What makes the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders unique?
The Congress is historic. There is no other national gathering of thousands of the country’s most gifted high school students who come together with the brightest scientific and technological minds of today.
Also, the Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who have a demonstrable GPA of 3.5 or above and want to become go into STEM-related careers.
The purpose of the Congress is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct those top students in our country and help them stay true to their dreams.
The lifetime friendships made with future colleagues and the opportunity to network with science academicians and professionals can give Congress Delegates a competitive edge and greater focus as they begin their journey into a career in science.
Most importantly, after the Congress Delegates will enter the Academy’s free mentoring program, which will provide a path, plan, and resources to help them reach their goals.
Q: What does the tuition cover?
Tuition covers all the Congress activities, the full agenda of speakers, demonstrations, and activities.
Parents and family can attend free on a space-available basis (see below). All Delegates and family attending the Congress are responsible for their travel, lodging, and meals, which will be available throughout the days at the Congress.
Q: Are scholarships available for Congress tuition?
The Academy is proud to offer a number of partial scholarships based on financial need. For more information email Scholarship@ScitechLeaders.com.
Q: How do I fundraise to attend the Congress?
The best and easiest way to raise money for Congress expenses is to fundraise in your community. Our website has a Guide to Fundraising with some tips that will be helpful.
Regardless of whether you attend the Congress, you should stay in touch with us at the Academy so you can take advantage of the many free programs and services as they become available.
Q: Is a preliminary agenda available for the Congress?
The Academy will share a preliminary schedule approximately three months before the Congress. A schedule from the most recent Congress is available now, as a preview. The final schedule will continue to be adjusted until the Congress begins as we intend to create the most exciting experience and include the most interesting speakers.
Q: How do I verify my GPA if I was nominated by the Academy?
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.
Complete information on how to verify your GPA will be provided at enrollment. If you arrive at the Congress without a verified GPA you will still be allowed to participate, but you will not receive your Award of Excellence until you provide documentation.
Q: Can I receive college credit for attending the Congress?
Based on the educational value of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists is proud to partner with Washington Adventist University to offer one transferable college credit for Delegates attending the Congress.
To be eligible, Delegates must successfully complete the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders and receive the Academy’s Award of Excellence, complete an application for the credit with Washington Adventist University, and submit an essay on “My Vision for the Future of Science or Technology.”
The credit will be issued on a pass-fail basis. Payment of $250 for the college credit must be made to the Academy before the Congress begins.
Acceptance of the credit to a college of your choice is at the discretion and policies of that institution. Washington Adventist University standard transcript policies and fees will apply.
Q: Can my parents come to the program?
YES, please! Parents are welcome to attend the Congress. We’ll have parent and special guest seating in an area separate from the Delegates, with a good view of the Congress proceedings. 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 ceremony.
Q: I’d like to book travel for the Congress. Where will the Congress be held and what is the closest hotel?
The Congress will be held on June 29, 30, and July 1, at the Paul E. Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell, MA 01852. The Tsongas Center is located on the campus of University of Massachusetts (UMass) Lowell in Lowell, Massachusetts.
On Friday, June 29, the Congress will begin at 6 PM and end at 11 PM. On Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1, the Congress will begin at 10 AM and end at 11 PM.
To aid in travel plans, the Academy has relationships with local hotels and the student booking service StudentUniverse. Please contact the Admissions Office for full details.
Families should be aware that some airlines have recently changed their rules regarding teen travel, so please consult your airline’s unaccompanied minor policies. If your student is enrolled in the Overnight Program and you arrange unaccompanied minor services for your student, you must inform the Academy no later than May 25, 2018.
Q: What if a parent or guardian cannot come with me?
We offer the Overnight Program (for an additional $600) which is designed for students traveling to the Congress alone. It is a pre-college experience for an independent student and includes:
- Greeting students upon arrival at Logan International Airport and Boston South Station (BOS) Amtrak;
- Transportation of students to accommodations, to and from the Congress, and to designated departure locations;
- Accommodations (double or triple occupancy, with everyone in their own bed) for three designated nights with other Delegates, including daily breakfast; and
- Resident Assistants who will be available overnight to address any student concerns.
Students who enroll in the Overnight Program should plan on enough spending money to cover lunches and dinners, plus any extra money they’d like for beverages and snacks.
Q: How is my tuition used?
First, to develop and execute a remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime educational experience. This involves the work of hundreds of people, many months of planning and a whole lot of resources.
Second, scholarships. Teachers from across the country who are part of the Academy’s Honorary Board of Educators will award hundreds of full academic scholarships. As well, the Academy is proud to offer a limited number of partial scholarships based on financial need.
And third, to fund the many free of charge services that the Academy will provide to all students, regardless of GPA. Among the free services to be launched are online social networks through which future scientists and technologists can communicate; opportunities for students to be guided and mentored; and communications for parents and students giving them information about college acceptance and finances, skills acquisition, internships, career guidance, and much more.
Q. What happens if I need to cancel and receive a refund?
Students may receive a Congress tuition refund within 60 days of their first payment OR before April 25, 2018, whichever date comes first. For any other payments, including those for the Overnight Program, Washington Adventist University College Credit, College Domination Boot Camp, or any other additional program, Students may receive a refund until April 25, 2018.
Any cancellation and request for refund must be submitted in writing by the Parent/Guardian who submitted the enrollment. Refunds may take 4-6 weeks to process. Any Delegate dismissed from the Congress for violation of the Code of Conduct, or who leaves the Congress early for any reason whatsoever, is not eligible for any refund.
The Academy strongly encourages families to purchase travel insurance to cover travel and tuition expenses in case of an unforeseen cancellation.
Q: Why isn’t the Academy tax exempt?
We have the greatest respect for the non-profit charities and academic institutions that help make our lives better. However, we don’t think you should have to underwrite our work with your taxes. When organizations don’t pay taxes, all of us chip in to make up the difference on April 15th.
The Academy pays taxes, accepts no public assistance and is completely self-sustaining through tuition from academic seminars and conferences. The Academy offers extensive programs and services that are free to all students who wish to take advantage of them.