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Scholar's Day in Washington, D.C.

NSHSS members, families, educators, and partners are invited to come and be honored at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in Washington, D.C. on Friday, August 5 & Saturday, August 6, 2022.

This two-day educational conference will feature several educational workshops, a college and career fair, and countless networking opportunities. At Scholar's Day, NSHSS families will have a chance to learn more about all of the benefits of NSHSS membership including $2 million in scholarship opportunities yearly, access to an extensive network of university, educational, corporate, and government partners, and, of course, the lifetime network of fellow NSHSS members. This prestigious event is a celebration of academic excellence, where each member in attendance will be honored for their academic achievement. Join us at Scholar's Day in Washington D.C. for a weekend of education and being honored!


Scholar's Day D.C.

Friday and Saturday,
August 5-6, 2022


Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
201 Waterfront Street

National Harbor, MD 20745



NSHSS Scholar's Day

College & Career Fair exhibitors: American Physical Therapy Association, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), George Mason University School of Business, Liberty University, Marshall University, Monash University, NewU University, Old Dominion University, Outward Bound Costa Rica, The Princeton Review, Randolph College, Sallie Mae, Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD), Summer Health Professions Education Program, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of Queensland, U.S. Army ROTC, and more to be announced!



Juan Bendaña is a renowned speaker, author, and DJ who speaks on high school & University campuses as well as conferences internationally. He speaks to 50,000+ students, educators, and parents across Canada & the United States every year. 
He is the Founder of The 100 Day Playbook, a guided Journal that helps students build better habits, boost productivity, & optimize their life. He has partnered with major organizations such as Sony Pictures and helps brands connect with students in meaningful ways. 
Through his message of Engagement & Action, Juan creates an environment that makes students, parents, and educators feel inspired, influential, and engaged. Juan gets students excited about engaging with their schools & communities. He uses storytelling, humor & LIVE DJing to highlight a message of Engagement, Leadership, & Decision Making that resonates with every audience member. Every year, Juan Keynotes annual conferences, orientation events, & student assemblies that bring him to over 50 cities across Canada & the United States. Juan brings a new energy to school campuses and conferences. His message has a lasting impact that sticks with students far beyond the speech. 
He is a former snowboard instructor, sushi expert, and can recite every word of the Lion King.


Friday, August 5  –  1:00 PM - 8:00 PM ET

*This agenda is subject to change. Final details will be sent closer to event date.*

1:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Check-in & Onsite Registration

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM: College & Career Fair

Meet and explore opportunities with corporate, educational, and government leaders from renowned organizations and universities from around the globe.

1:30 PM - 4:30 PM: NSHSS Pop Up Store

Snag your NSHSS swag!

4:30 PM – 7:00 PMWelcome Reception & Opening Sessions

Scholar’s Day D.C. 2022 will kick off with a welcome message from NSHSS President and Co-Founder Mr. James Lewis, followed by opening keynote sessions, event announcements and more. 

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM: NSHSS Member Party

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Parents Session & Reception - hosted by NSHSS partner,

Saturday, August 6 –  7:00 AM - 6:00 PM ET

7:00 AM - 3:30 PM: Check-in & Onsite Registration

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM: Networking Breakfast

Wake up with coffee and a continental breakfast!

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM: College & Career Fair

Meet and explore opportunities with corporate, educational, and government leaders from renowned organizations and universities from around the globe.

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM: NSHSS Pop Up Store

Snag your NSHSS swag!

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM: Educational Panel 

10:15 AM - 11:00 AM: Breakout Sessions 

11:15 AM - 12:00 PM: Breakout Sessions 

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch On Your Own

Enjoy lunch with your family at a local restaurant. There are plenty nearby to choose from!

2:00 PM - 2:45 PM: Breakout Sessions 

3:30 PM - 5:30 PM: Closing Keynote, Awards & Member Recognition Ceremony

Hear final thoughts of inspiration from closing speaker, scholarship recipients are awarded, and members will hear congratulatory remarks and receive their own NSHSS honor medallion for their academic achievements.

NOTE: Agenda is subject to change. The finalized agenda will be sent out to all attendees the week of the event from Eventbrite.





*Attendees are responsible for getting to and from the event location. NSHSS does not assist with airfare or hotels.*




Discounted Parking for NSHSS attendees and overnight guests will be offered at a flat rate through the weekend. Stay tuned for details.*


All Scholar's Day activities will be taking place in the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. NSHSS has secured a discounted room block at the event venue.


*Attendees are responsible for getting to and from the event location. Limited number of rooms available; first come, first served.*

**Please register for the event prior to booking any travel or accommodations.**

Thank you to our event sponsors!

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Scholar's Day FAQs

Find here the answers to all of your Scholar's Day questions!


Are there NSHSS Events COVID-19 protocols in place?

All attendees, partners, and speakers must wear a face covering at NSHSS Events. If mask usage is not adhered to, event participation may be limited.

Social distancing will be implemented throughout the entire event for all attendees. All NSHSS Staff have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Read more about the NSHSS Events COVID-19 policy below.


What is Scholar's Day?

Scholar's Day is NSHSS's signature event. Over the years, NSHSS has hosted thousands of members, families, partners and friends at Scholar's Day events in Washington D.C. and Atlanta, GA. Fun fact: the first Scholar's Day was held in the US Senate! 🏛️


Does NSHSS provide accommodations or transportation?

Each attendee is responsible for their own accommodation and transportation arrangements. NSHSS does not assist with airfare, however, we do provide a discounted hotel room block. See details above.


Will there be food at the event?

NSHSS will provide hors d'oeuvres during the Friday evening reception and a light breakfast on Saturday morning. Be sure to plan to provide your own meals otherwise. There are plenty of excellent restaurants surrounding the venue! NSHSS will share info about nearby eateries onsite.


Do I have to purchase tickets for my whole family?

Yes! To be admitted to Scholar's Day, each attendee must purchase a ticket via Eventbrite.


We understand your concerns surrounding the Coronavirus pandemic. Rest assured that the health and safety of all of our members, their families, and our staff is our top priority. We are continuing to closely monitor worldwide developments regarding COVID-19.

All NSHSS event attendees will be required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. This requirement applies even if you are fully vaccinated. Masks are not required when food and beverage are being consumed in designated areas, or when speaking/presenting in an official capacity the event.

Following the guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), we ask that you do not attend any NSHSS events if you:

- have traveled from or transited to any country outside of the U.S. listed in Risk Assessment Level 4 and Level 3, 21 days prior to the NSHSS event

- have a positive COVID test prior to the NSHSS event

*NSHSS will provide a transfer credit or refund with proof of positive test 2 weeks before event date.*


NSHSS has incorporated the following policies at all events to ensure the safety of all participants:

-All attendees, partners, and speakers must wear a face covering at NSHSS Events. If mask usage is not adhered to, event participation may be limited.

-NSHSS staff traveling to and working at events have been vaccinated against COVID-19.


The World Health Organization (WHO) reminds us to take protective measures against the coronavirus, here’s how:

Wash your hands frequently

Maintain social distancing

Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth

Practice respiratory hygiene

If you have a fever, cough, and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.


These precautionary safety measures will remain in effect until further notice. We will continue to monitor the current situation and will update these protocols as needed with information we receive from local health authorities, the CDC, WHO, and IMO. For additional information or updates from the CDC, please see

Please refer to this page for the most up-to-date NSHSS Events COVID-19 policies.


Thank you on behalf of all of us at NSHSS.