Scholar's Day in D.C. 2024

Be Honored. Be More.

Be honored in Washington, D.C. at our largest event of the year!

This two-day educational conference will feature several educational workshops, a college and career fair, a member party, and countless networking opportunities. Learn more about all of the benefits of NSHSS membership including:

  • $2.5 million in scholarship opportunities yearly
  • access to an extensive network of university, educational, corporate, and government partners
  • a lifetime network of fellow NSHSS members
  • and more!

This prestigious event is a celebration of academic excellence, where each member in attendance will be honored for their academic achievement!

August 16-17, 2024
Washington, D.C.
Scholars Day

Event Agenda

  • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM: Check-in & Onsite Registration
    Scan your tickets and build your name badges!
    2:00 PM - 5:00 PM: College & Career Fair

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

  • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM: NSHSS Pop-Up Store
    Snag your NSHSS swag!
  • 4:00-5:00 PM Welcome Reception
    Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, entertainment from Marvillous Beats, and networking with other NSHSS members, families, and educators.
  • 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Conference Kickoff & Opening Sessions
    Scholar’s Day D.C. 2024 will kick off with a welcome message from NSHSS President and Co-Founder Mr. James Lewis, event announcements, opening sessions by, the CIA, Army ROTC, and more.
    5:15 PM - 5:45 PM: U.S. Army ROTC
    5:45 PM - 6:15 PM: The CIA 
    6:15 PM - 6:45 PM:
  • 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM: Parent Session
    Following the Welcome Reception, students can dance the night away at their member party while parents are invited to a “Meet & Greet” and informational session with College Aid Pro!
  • 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM: NSHSS Member Party
    Join your fellow NSHSS members for a casual welcome gathering featuring a DJ and games. Enjoy light refreshments, and take a moment to make some new connections!

  • 7:00 AM - 2:30 PM: Check-in & Onsite Registration
  • 8:00-9:00 AM: Networking Breakfast

    Wake up with coffee and a continental breakfast!
  • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM: College and 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

    Grab your NSHSS swag!
  • 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Future Focused Panel 

    Hear from multiple well-respected professionals about what they are looking for from the next-generation workforce and how to build essential skills to be prepared to make the transition from academic success to career achievement. 

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

    Multiple workshop offerings will be hosted by NSHSS partners. Attendees will have the option to choose between educational workshops based on their interests. Stay tuned for workshops to be announced!
  • 11:15 AM - 12:00 PM: Breakout Sessions

    A second round of workshop offerings will be hosted by NSHSS partners. Attendees will have the option to choose between educational workshops based on their interests. Stay tuned for workshops to be announced!
  • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM: Lunch Break
  • 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM: Tips & Tricks from NSHSS Scholarship Winners

    Hear multiple NSHSS scholarship winners discuss how they made their applications stand out from the rest of the applicant pool. Learn valuable tips on showcasing your academic and community accomplishments.

  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM: Keynote Address - “Sparking Radical Hope”

    Hear final thoughts of inspiration from the keynote speaker, Sofia Gonzalez, NSHSS Educator of the Year Winner 2019.

  • 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM: Remarks from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM: Awards & Member Recognition Ceremony

    NSHSS Claes Nobel Educator of the Year Winner, Educator of the Year Finalists, educator grant winners, and scholarship recipients will be awarded, and members will hear congratulatory remarks. Members will then receive their NSHSS honor medallion for their academic achievements!

College & Career Fair Exhibitors

  • Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • U.S. Army ROTC
  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/ALSAC
  • College Aid Pro
  • Liberty University
  • Wesleyan College
  • United Planet
  • Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)
  • Old Dominion University
  • The Princeton Review
  • American Dental Education Association - ADEA GoDental
  • College for Creative Studies
  • C2 Education
  • Clinton College
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore 
  • U.S. State Department (Youth Programs Division)
  • Prequel
  • Alfred University
  • Global Co Lab Network
  • Regent University
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • UC Berkeley Pre-College, International, and First Semester Programs
  • and more to be announced!
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Keynote Speaker: Sofia Gonzalez

As we navigate the trajectory of our life's journey, we must enlist a radical hope if we believe we can create a better world. In this address, NSHSS Educator of the Year 2019 Winner Sofia Gonzalez will walk us through the critical need for this type of hope and how to ignite its spark. With storytelling, dynamic illustrations, and anecdotal evidence, participants will be inspired with a new fire to set off the radical hope within us all! 

Thank you to our event sponsors!


Volunteering at SDDC

At NSHSS, we believe in the power of action and the positive impact we can make together. How about volunteering during our events? 

In addition to earning volunteer service hours, by volunteering during our events, you will gain valuable skills, such as teamwork, leadership and organization. These skills will be useful in your academic and professional life, allowing you to excel and develop further.

Don't miss the opportunity to make a real difference and be part of the change. Join us as a volunteer during SDDC and be an agent of transformation at NSHSS. A link to the volunteer interest form will be included in your registration confirmation email!

Scholar's day FAQs

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! 🏛️


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

NSHSS will provide light hors d'oeuvres during the Friday evening reception and 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.

Yes! To be admitted to Scholar's Day, each member, parent, or guest must purchase a ticket via Eventbrite in order to attend.

Scholar's Day tickets are only sold as a 2-day ticket package, but it is not mandatory to attend both days. Most of the programming, educational sessions, and the Member Recognition Ceremony will be on Saturday though, so you won't miss it! Registration will be open Saturday morning as well for those that do not wish to/cannot attend on Friday. Saturday, we will also be serving a complimentary breakfast and you will have access to the College & Career Fair! 

If you are no longer able to attend, please email, and we can transfer your tickets to another NSHSS event currently available on Eventbrite. You can also transfer your registration to another event via your Eventbrite account until the day before the event date. On the day of the event and beyond, registration transfers are no longer allowed in the Eventbrite system, and transferring to another event will no longer be an option.

Up to 30 days before the event starts, attendees can request automatic refunds in full back to their original payment method directly through their Eventbrite account.

Refunds to the original payment method will be issued in full for refund requests received up to 15 days before the event starts. After submitting your refund request in writing by email to, please allow up to five (5) business days to process your refund request. After 14 days before the event starts, no refunds will be issued. All further sales are non-refundable.

This event will take place rain or shine. If the event is rescheduled, all purchases will be honored for the rescheduled event date or may be refunded on a case-by-case basis. If the event is canceled, all purchases will be refunded in full.

Interested in exhibiting?

Exhibitors can meet and interact with outstanding NSHSS members and their families.