FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

The Congress for Global Good will be held June 28, 29, and 30, 2020, at the Paul E. Tsongas Center, 300 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Lowell MA 01852, located on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

On Sunday, June 28, the Congress will begin at 6 PM and will end at 11 PM. On Monday, June 29 and Tuesday, June 30, the Congress will begin at 10 AM and end at 11 PM.

Q: What makes the Congress for Global Good unique?

There is no other national gathering where thousands of the country’s highest-achieving high school students 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, who are adept and curious about the STEM fields and who are passionate about making the world a better place.

The purpose of the Congress is to honor, inspire, motivate, and direct those top students while helping them stay true to their dreams.

Congress Delegates will establish lifetime friendships, meet their future colleagues, and network with science academicians and professionals. There is no other gathering that offers a more competitive networking edge as they begin to focus on their careers in the STEM fields.

After attending 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: Who is speaking at the Congress?

During the three-day Congress, Delegates will hear Nobel Laureates and National Medal of Science Winners talk about their ground-breaking scientific research; be given advice from deans of Ivy League and top universities; and be inspired by fellow teen science prodigies.

Delegates will learn about cutting-edge scientific advances in: protecting the earth, sea, and air; ensuring a safe environment for all living things; feeding and providing medical care to the world in a responsible way; becoming an effective advocate; and much more.

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. 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 Financial Need Scholarships please email Scholarship@CongressForGlobalGood.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 for free on a space-available basis (see below). All students and family members attending the Congress are responsible for their travel, lodging, and meals, which will be available throughout 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 interest in the STEM fields, leadership potential, outstanding grades, and their passion to make the world a better place.

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 the 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. All Delegates 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 for Global Good, and upon verification of your 3.5 or above GPA, Delegates will receive the Congress for Global Good 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 making the world a better place through their application of STEM.

Q: Can I receive college credit for attending the Congress?

Based on the educational value of the Congress for Global Good, Delegates have the option to earn one transferable college credit offered by New Charter University.

To be eligible, Delegates must complete the Congress for Global Good by attending all sessions, taking notes during the Congress, and submitting a Congress Reflection essay.

The cost of the one transferable college credit offered by New Charter University in conjunction with the Congress for Global Good is $275. This includes $225 for college credit tuition plus a $50 NCU registration fee.

For more information on transferable college credit from New Charter University including on the coursework and refund policy, click here or contact the Admissions Office by phone at (617) 307-7425 or by email at Admissions@CongressForGlobalGood.com.

Q: Can the Congress accommodate my disability?

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

Q: Can my parents come to the program?

Parents are welcome to attend the Congress. Family member and special guest seating is located in an area separate from the Delegates with a good view of the Congress proceedings. Seating for parents is limited to one family member on the opening night of the Congress and on a space-available basis on days 2 and 3 of the Congress. All family members are welcome for the closing ceremony.

Q: Why can only one family member attend on opening night?

The Tsongas Center, where the Congress is held, limits the total number of guests inside the building at one time due to the fire code.

Due to the popularity of the Congress and the large number of Delegates attending, each Delegate should plan to limit family members to ONE accompanying person on Opening Night to avoid exceeding fire code and ensure each Delegate can arrive with a family member if they wish. Families who are traveling with small children should keep this in mind, as additional spots cannot be granted for siblings.

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 a student’s academic profile by adding to their showcase of extracurricular experience and achievement needed when applying to colleges and universities.

Q: 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 receive maximum recognition for their achievements.

Q: What if a parent or guardian cannot come with me?

We offer the Overnight Program (for an additional $625), 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;
  • 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 breakfast on June 29, June 30, and July 1; and
  • Resident Assistants who will stay with students and be available overnight to address any student concerns.

Students who enroll in the Overnight Program should plan on bringing 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 the Congress’ remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime educational experience. This involves the work of many people and 12 months of planning and resources.

Second, to provide 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 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 28, 2020, 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 28, 2020.

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 New Charter University’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 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.

Other questions?

Please call the Admissions Office at (617) 307-7425 or email Admissions@CongressForGlobalGood.com with any questions.

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