Information for Educators

About The National Leadership Academies


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


The National Leadership Academies 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 physicians, scientists, and technologists.


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


National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists


The Congress of Future Medical Leaders is sponsored by the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists and will be held just outside of Boston, Massachusetts on June 25, 26 and 27, 2018.


Mario R. Capecchi, M.D. currently serves as the Science Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists. Dr. Capecchi, a biophysicist, is a Distinguished Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Utah School of Medicine.


He is best known for his groundbreaking work in gene targeting in mouse embryo-derived stem cells. He was awarded the 2007 Nobel Prize in Medicine, along with Martin Evans and Oliver Smithies, for their work in finding ways to manipulate the mammalian genome by inserting new genes into cells.


Dr. Capecchi’s current research at the Capecchi Lab at the University of Utah School of Medicine is on modeling certain neuro and psychiatric disorders and pediatric cancers to measure and ultimately develop human therapies.


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 and will be held just outside of Boston, Massachusetts on June 29, 30 and July 1, 2018.


John C. Mather, Ph.D.  currently serves as Science Director of the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists. In 2006, he was awarded a Nobel Prize for this work which helped to solidify the big-bang theory of the origins of the Universe. The following year, TIME magazine named him one of their 100 Most Influential People in the World for his groundbreaking science. Raised in a family of scientists, Dr.  Mather discovered his passion for physics during high school. He is now a senior astrophysicist for NASA, best known for his work on cosmic radiation.


Dr. Mather is currently the Senior Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Telescope, set to launch in late 2018.


About the Congresses


Tuition covers instruction, speakers, program material, education personnel and all activities. Delegates may receive a Congress tuition refund within 60 days of their initial payment OR before April 25, 2018, whichever date comes first.


Delegates are responsible for their travel, accommodations, transportation, and meals. Parents are welcome to attend the Congress at no additional charge and are encouraged to accompany their child.Delegates may also travel to Boston with another adult or another Delegate from their school or town, or they may travel alone.


Alternatively, there is an Overnight Program available at additional cost that includes arrival and departure transportation from Logan International Airport (BOS) and Boston South Station Amtrak, accommodations (double or triple occupancy) for three designated nights, daily breakfast, and on-site resident assistants available overnight to address any concerns or medical emergencies.


Scholarships to Attend the Congress


As you are completing your nomination form, please select one deserving student to receive a full, unrestricted scholarship to attend one Congress.


Hundreds of thousands of dollars in full academic scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. After all spaces are gone, students on scholarship may still attend free via a live online simulcast.


All students are also able to apply for partial scholarships to help with the cost of tuition. Students should contact the Admissions Office for more information.




Each Congress is an academic honors program. You must certify that all students you nominate have a 3.5 or above GPA (or equivalent), either current or cumulative.


Students are nominated by their teachers, counselors, and principals. Qualified students may also be identified through other means, such as academic events, recommendations, youth organizations, honor societies, medical institutions, medical societies, program Alumni, and in-classroom surveys such as the Talent Identification Program administered by MyCollegeOptions.


Students with Special Needs


We encourage all students with disabilities to attend. Students, parents, guardians, and educators are encouraged to contact the Academy directly for more information and to discuss a student’s specific needs.


College Credit


Through an academic partnership with Washington Adventist University, we are pleased to announce that students attending either Congress will be eligible to receive one transferable college credit, at additional cost, upon satisfactory completion of the program, and submission of additional coursework. More information is available from the Admissions Office.


The Honorary Board of Educators


By becoming a member of the National Leadership Academies’ Honorary Board of Educators, you’ll be able to recognize, honor, and reward your high-achieving students. Students that are dedicated to and aspiring towards a profession in medicine, science or technology. Your nominations will give your best and brightest students an invaluable head start towards the successes they dream of achieving. As a member, you’ll also have the opportunity to select one of your deserving students for a full scholarship nomination.


If you are not a member of our Honorary Board of Educators and would like to nominate students for the Congress of Future Medical Leaders and/or the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders, please visit For further questions, please email us directly at

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