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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, 2017.


Robert G. Darling, M.D., FACEP currently serves as the Medical Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.


Dr. Darling was the first Board-Certified Emergency Medicine physician to serve as the White House Physician to the President of the United States, the Vice President, their families, and other senior government officials. Dr. Darling served President Clinton, Vice President Gore, their families, and other presidential support units at the White House, Camp David, classified emergency relocation facilities, and aboard executive aircraft including Air Force One. He also provided primary care and protective medical support services in more than 40 countries with no Western-type backup medical care. He played a key role in developing top secret emergency contingency plans bearing constitutional impact, countering the greatest threats to the continuity of the presidency.


After leaving the White House, Dr. Darling served as Flight Surgeon aboard the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, with the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) and the Navy Medicine Office of Homeland Security as an expert in the medical aspects of homeland security and bioterrorism defense.


In addition to serving as Medical Director to the Academy, Dr. Darling is also currently Medical Director for Patronus Medical, a concierge healthcare company that delivers care to patients in virtually any location in the world.


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, 2017.


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.  Students may receive a Congress tuition refund within 60 days of enrollment except that no refunds for Congress tuition will be granted after April 26, 2017.


Students 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. Students 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 student 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 Delegates 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.


Delegates 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, Washington Adventist University.


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 students specific needs. Our Office of Admissions can be reached by phone at 1-888-986-6929 or by email at


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 additional course work. Complete information will be provided to students upon acceptance.


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 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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