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NSHSS Scholar's Day 2019 in Washington, D.C.

Nearly 1,500 scholars, parents, and educators from 38 states and 16 countries gathered in Washington, D.C. at the stunning Gaylord Resort and Convention Center to participate in Scholar’s Day 2019, NSHSS’s largest event of the year.

This 2-day event kicked off Friday evening, on August 9th, with Student Passion Projects presentations, highlighting STEM & Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Leadership, and World Betterment projects. Later, the opening ceremony included the #FutureFocused corporate panel, and featured keynote speaker, Robert Machen President & Chief Operating Officer of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Robert Ballard, President & CEO of Scholarship America, and Elisabet Idermark, Sr. Adviser of International Relations at Stockholm University. The night ended with a welcome party for members featuring a lip-sync battle, DJ, and ice cream bar.

Saturday, members and their families explored the expo hall featuring over 45 College & Career Expo booths which included New York University, Auburn University, U.S Department of State, and many more. Attendees were also able to shop the NSHSS store, attend our mentor round table, and participate in our exciting educational workshops featuring presenters from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), GirlsComputingLeague, and Scholarship America. The event concluded with a Member Recognition ceremony for our members and scholarship winners, formally recognizing our newly-inducted high achieving scholars! We also recognized our Top 10 Educators of the Year. Sofia Gonzalez of Morton East High School in Illinois and recipient of the Claes Nobel Educator of the Year 2019 delivered one of the most inspiring speeches ever presented at Scholar's Day, receiving a well-deserved standing ovation. 

Check Out all of our professional photos from the event here


(pictured above) Robert Machen delivering his keynote speech 


(pictured above) Sofia Gonzalez during her acceptance speech. 

(pictured above) Mr. Marcus Nobel and NSHSS President Mr. James Lewis with a 2019 NSHSS scholarship winner. 

(pictured above) Elisabet Idermark delivering her keynote speech.

Scholar's Day D.C. Recap Video

Check out all the excitement of Scholar's Day D.C. from our Educator of the Year, Passion Projects Exhibition, Mentor Round Table, and more!

Scholar's Day 2019 in D.C. Highlights

Hear from our Scholar's Day Speakers and Scholarship Winners

Sofia Gonzalez on Scholar's Day D.C.

Educator of the Year shares her experience at the biggest NSHSS event of the year.

Bob Ballard of Scholarship America

Scholarship Winner Malyun Ali

Scholarship Winner and Scholar's Day Panelist Samantha Leach

Scholarship Winner Oluwasemilore Ayo-Gbenjo

Scholar's Day Interview: Parent Edition

Passion Projects Exhibition

Our members get a chance to earn a scholarship while sharing their passions at every Scholar's Day event. Students present their initiatives that strive for the betterment of humanity or demonstrate a clear vision of innovation in STEM. It is truly awe-inspiring!

Passion Projects Winners


American Airlines Cadet Academy, American Physical Therapy Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Auburn University, Central Intelligence Agency, CET Academic Programs, College Find Me, Columbia University School of Professional Studies, Duke Kunshan University, EF Gap Year, Fisk University, Florida State University International Programs, George Washington University, Health Professions Week, IE University, Independent Educational Consultants Association, Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence, Liberty University, Maritime College State University of New York, Method Test Prep, Monash University, New York Institute of Technology, New York University, Outward Bound Costa Rica, Pharmacy Is Right for Me, Quinnipiac University, Savannah College of Art and Design, Scholarship America, Social Assurity, St. Jude Children Research Hospital/ALSAC, University of California Berkeley, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Mary Washington, University of Richmond, University of the Arts, U.S. Army Cadet Command, U.S. Army 4th ROTC Brigade, U.S. Department of State, Virginia Commonwealth University, and more!

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