Frequently Asked Questions
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.
The Congress is a highly-selective academic 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.
Who is speaking at the Congress?
During the three-day Congress, Delegates hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about leading scientific research; be given advice from deans of Ivy League and top universities; be inspired by fellow teen science prodigies; and learn about cutting-edge advances and the future in the STEM sciences and technology.
While speaker mentors will be confirmed approximately three months before the Congress, take a look at our past speakers to see what kind of topics and speakers you can expect.
Q: Is a preliminary schedule available for the Congress?
The Academy will share a preliminary schedule on this website approximately three months before the Congress. A schedule from the most recent Congress is available 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: Are scholarships available for Congress tuition?
The Academy is proud to offer a limited number of scholarships based on financial need. For more information on the Financial Need Scholarship please 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.
Q: What does 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 students and family attending the Congress are responsible for their travel, lodging, and meals, which will be available throughout the days at the Congress.
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 the Academy has to offer.
Q: How did you become aware of me?
Students are selected to become Delegates by their teachers, counselors, and principals based on their dedication to entering the STEM fields, leadership potential, and outstanding grades. Qualified students may also be identified through honor societies, STEM institutions, STEM societies, program alumni, in-classroom surveys, and as a result of their participation with College Board’s Student Search Service®.
Q: How do I verify my GPA if I was nominated by the Academy?
The Congress is a highly-selective academic 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: Do I receive recognition or an award after the Congress?
After attending the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders and upon verification of your 3.5 or above GPA, you will receive the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders Award of Excellence. The Award is earned by attending all three days of the Congress, participating in activities, and exhibiting leadership in and dedication to the STEM fields.
Q: Can I receive college credit for attending the Congress?
Based on the educational value of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, Delegates have the option to earn one transferable college credit offered by New Charter University.
To be eligible, Delegates must successfully complete the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders and receive the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders Award of Excellence, and complete coursework while at the Congress and after that includes a Congress reflection exercise; a content application project; and short answer essay exam.
The credit will be issued on a pass-fail basis. Payment of $250 for the college credit, plus a $40 registration fee, 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. Refunds are made in compliance with NCU’s policies as required by its accreditor.
Those interested in this transferable college credit and need more information, please contact the Admissions Office by phone at (617) 307-7425 or by email at Admissions@SciTechLeaders.com.
Can the Congress accommodate my disability?
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.
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: Will this program help me get into a better college?
The education, motivation, and recognition at the Congress can inspire students to take the personal actions necessary to become stronger candidates for competitive college admissions.
Attendance to the Congress can also enrich academic profile by adding to their showcase of extracurricular experience and achievement needed when applying to colleges and universities.
Can I publicize my nomination to the Congress?
Delegates will be able to create their own news release, using an easy to follow program developed by the Academy. Included are instructions on how to distribute this release to local newspapers and television stations so that Delegates can get maximum recognition for their achievements.
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 and to designated departure locations;
- Accommodations (double or triple occupancy, with everyone in their own bed) for three designated nights with other Congress Delegates, including daily breakfast; and
- Resident Assistants who will stay with students and be available overnight to address any student concerns.
Students who take 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 23, 2019, whichever date comes first. For any other payments, including those for the Overnight Program, College Domination Boot Camp, or any other additional program, Students may receive a refund until April 23, 2019. 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. Any Delegates 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.
Refunds on College Credit are made in compliance with NCU’s policies as required by its accreditor.
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.
Please call the Office of Admissions at (617) 307-7425 or email Admissions@ScitechLeaders.com with any question.