The National Student Leadership Congress is an intensive 6-day leadership experience in our nation's capital for first-generation high school students from TRIO programs across the United States and territories. The 30th Annual National Student Leadership Congress will be hosted at Georgetown University and will include: a Mock Congress Competition, Diversity and Inclusion Training, Interactive Learning Lab, Monument Tour, and a day on Capitol Hill. 
COE invites Upward Bound, Upward Bound Math and Science and Talent Search projects to nominate outstanding rising juniors or seniors (class of 2020 and 2021) to serve as delegates to COE's National Student Leadership Congress (NSLC). Please select students who are ready for a challenging and intensive learning experience. It is important that student representatives come prepared for the rigors of a program that includes full schedules, requires open minds, and ensures leadership growth.

Student EligibilityRising Junior or Senior (class of 2020 and 2021); must have at least a 3.0 GPA;  must be a current TRIO participant. Only 180 students will be accepted into the program. We aim to provide students from all states and American territories the opportunity to immerse themselves in a premier leadership experience; therefore, we will only accept 6 students per institution.

Fees and Transportation--The registration fee is $1,350, which includes housing, meals, admission fees for tours, NSLC T-shirts, and transportation while the student is in Washington, DC. Programs are responsible for providing transportation for students to Washington, DC. Students must arrive in Washington, DC., by no later than 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at DCA Airport or Union Station. The registration fee is an allowable project expense (OMB Circular A-21/A-122).

*For students who do not meet the GPA requirement but would benefit greatly from participating in NSLC, please contact

Before you begin your nomination, please make sure you have the following items: 

  1. Student Contact Information
    1. Student= Cell Phone Number/Email
    2. Parent= Cell Phone Number/Email
  2. Student GPA/ T-shirt Size

Registration Closes Friday, March 1, 2019 or when we reach our capacity. 


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