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Developing future leaders, innovators, and activists

Real, meaningful change doesn’t happen on its own. At the National Young Scholars Program, aspirational elementary school students enjoy six incredible days* at one of many program locations investigating their interests, finding their voice, and learning how they can influence the future.

*Five days for commuters/day program attendees

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About the National Young Scholars Program

Empowering Future Changemakers

The National Young Scholars Program is designed to provide unique learning experience for bright, forward-thinking elementary school students and aid in their evolution into the next generation of leaders, innovators, and activists.

During this six-day Envision program, students develop important leadership skills through hands-on experiences. They learn from influencers of the past and present and leave with a better understanding of who they are, what motivates them, and how they can impact the future.

Students also learn to work together as they develop action plans and practice their public speaking and persuasion skills as they present their plan in front of their advisors and peers.

Held at locations across the country, the National Young Scholars Program is a fantastic opportunity for curious and high-aspiring young students to make like-minded new friends and enjoy unforgettable adventures while harnessing their creativity and critical thinking to help build the future that they aspire to live in.

2024 Dates & Tuition

Location Residential Dates Day Dates Tuition
Atlanta, GA – Emory University June 16-21 June 17-21 Res   $2,995
Day   $2,495*
Houston, TX – Houston Christian University Full Full Res   $2,995
Day   $2,495*
Los Angeles, CA – Occidental College Full Full Res   $2,995
Day   $2,495*
New York, NY – St. John's University June 16-21 June 17-21 Res   $2,995
Day   $2,495*
Raleigh, NC - Campbell University (Buies Creek, NC) Full Full Res   $2,995
Day   $2,495*

*Day programs are for students who live within daily commuting distance of the program location, and who do not wish to reside with other students during the program.

Residential tuition includes room & board, all meals, simulations, curriculum & materials, and faculty & staff. Day tuition does not include room & board, breakfast, or dinner.

Please note: We are currently evaluating all aspects of the National Young Scholars Program and may make changes to the curriculum, site visits, or program location to ensure the program meets the most up-to-date health and safety standards.

Program Highlights VIEW MORE

Scholars doing daily time travel simulations
Daily Time-Travel Simulations
Students travel through historical periods in time as they learn about impactful young innovators and the challenges they faced along their paths. The students will then participate in an engaging activity related to each of the innovator's achievements. LEARN MORE
We the Future Project
Students will be immersed in this collaborative, program-long project, where they will create a Future Action Plan to influence change and build the future they aspire to live in. LEARN MORE
Local Site Visits
Students enjoy two unique site visits, including an immersive experience where they will assess the institutions efforts and partnership potential related to their We the Future project. LEARN MORE
Speaking Events
Students hear from successful young people who have made positive impacts in their communities and gain an understanding of challenges they may face and how to overcome them. LEARN MORE


Tuition Tuition for the National Young Scholars Program covers most of the expenses incurred during the program. Tuition DOES NOT cover transportation to and from the program. LEARN MORE


Scholarships Envision by WorldStrides awards partial tuition assistance to qualified students each year based upon financial need, scholastic merit, leadership achievements, and eligibility for our WorldStrides Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Scholarship. LEARN MORE


Fundraising Let us show you how other students use fundraising to cover some or all of their tuition costs. Make fundraising part of your personal success story. LEARN MORE

Payment Plan

Payment Plan You may pay in full today or choose to use one of our payment options.

The Family Program allows family members to enjoy their own unique experience while their scholar is at their program and is available for select sessions and locations, like Los Angeles and New York City. Family Program curriculum includes visits to local attractions. Interested family members can sign up for this program when completing the National Young Scholars Program enrollment process or any time prior to the program, space permitting.

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National Young Scholars Program FAQs

  • Who is the National Young Scholars Program for?

    This summer program is for elementary school students who demonstrate leadership potential and possess a desire to make an impact. The National Young Scholars Program is a springboard to discovering their voice and learning to be a leader at school and in the community.

    To attend the National Young Scholars Program, students must be in grades 2-4 during the 2023-2024 school year. Most of our students are either nominated by educators or selected through our academic partnerships. However, we also accept students through our application process. If your student hasn't been nominated or selected but is interested in taking advantage of the life-changing opportunities that this program provides, we encourage you to help them submit an application today.

  • What is included in tuition?

    The tuition for the Residential program at the National Young Scholars Program includes all curriculum and instruction, program activities and evening events, overnight housing, program materials, and all breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners during the program.

    Tuition for the Day program includes all curriculum and instruction, all program activities, program materials, and all lunches and snacks during the program.

    Transportation to and from home and the program location is NOT included in tuition. While attending the program, students will need money for souvenirs and other incidentals.

  • How is safety and security managed at the program?

    Student safety and well-being during the program is our highest priority. The program is structured so that students will reside in a safe, controlled environment. They'll be closely supervised by professionally trained staff, including advisors who serve as educational facilitators and chaperones, security personnel, a scholar experience team, and program leads.

    For over 35 years, Envision has achieved a stellar record of safely and successfully enriching the lives of students, providing them with superb educational experiences and professional supervision. Other Envision safety measures include:

    • Maintaining an overall student-to-staff ratio of 8 to 1
    • Taking attendance throughout the program, and students are required to attend all program activities
    • Checking rooms nightly and ensuring that students remain in their rooms
    • Staff member rooms are interspersed among student rooms on each hallway in residential housing
    • A licensed nurse is available on site each day of the program
    • Equipping all staff members with two-way communication devices
  • Where will the students stay?

    Students who choose the Residential program option will reside along with Envision team members at safe and secure locations that include universities and conference centers.

  • How many students share a room?

    Each room will house one to four students, depending on the housing location. Each student will have their own bed. The bathrooms will be shared either communally or by the suite.

  • How can parents contact their child while they are attending the program?

    Students are permitted to bring a mobile phone to keep in touch with parents, but the mobile device must be turned off during program activities. Students may call home before activities begin in the morning and after they have ended in the evening.

    Parents or guardians will have the telephone number to the program’s site office, where they can leave their child messages. Additionally, parents and guardians may email the office should they need to relay information to their child.

  • Can a student requiring specific accommodations attend?

    Yes. Envision by WorldStrides believes in working with families to accommodate student needs and encourages the participation of students who feel prepared to meet the academic, social, physical, and emotional demands of the program environment. We may be able to provide appropriate auxiliary staff and services to assist students as needed if notified in advance. We encourage families, guardians, legal representatives, or educators to contact the Office of Admissions for more information and to discuss particular accommodations before applying for enrollment in the program.

  • Can special dietary needs be met?

    At the National Young Scholars Program, we make every effort to meet the dietary needs of all our students, provided the request is submitted prior to the start of the program. When students complete their Student Information Form, they will have the opportunity to make special dietary requests.

Have more questions? Check out the Envision FAQs.