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The National Conservative Student Conference Details

July 28 - August 2


When should I arrive? 

You should arrive at the Cloyd Heck Marvin Center (located at 800 21st Street NW, near the corner of 21st and I streets) between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 28.  The conference starts at 6:00 p.m. at George Washington University’s Marvin Center in Washington, D.C.  Parking is provided if you plan to drive but you will need to notify the conference director prior to the conference. You will receive more detailed arrival information when the conference gets closer.

What time does the conference end?

Checking out of the conference will occur Saturday morning, August 2 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.  There is no formal program on Saturday.

What is included with my fee? 

Almost everything is included in your registration costs, such as your food (three meals per day), housing (5 nights in the dorms), tuition, materials, and other related costs.  While books are sometimes provided, most are sold at the conference, so you will need extra money if you plan to purchase the speakers’ books to have signed.      

What is the dress for the program? 

During the day, you are asked to wear business casual clothing.  During the dinner banquets each evening, you are required to wear business professional attire.  More details will be sent when the conference approaches. 

How much extra money should I bring? 

This depends on what you do, because some students go out every night while others prefer not to.  We advise that you bring some spending money for books that can be signed by the speakers.  You will also need about $40 for transportation to and from the airport if you fly.  Bring extra money if you anticipate going out frequently. 

To which airport do I fly?

You should fly to Washington – Reagan National Airport (DCA) because it is closest to the conference site, but you can also arrive at Washington – Dulles International Airport (IAD) or Baltimore Washington International airport (BWI) which are further from the conference site.  Taxis are expensive from both airports, so you should use public transportation. 

How will I get to and from the airport and the conference?

We do not provide students with transportation to and from the airport for this conference, but it is simple to arrive at George Washington University via Metro.  You can also schedule a Super Shuttle van ride.  More information and directions will be sent to you when the conference approaches. 

What if I take the bus or the train? 

Students can arrive at Union Station in Washington, D.C. and take the Metro to the George Washington University.

What are the activities during the conference?

During the day, you will listen to exciting conservative speakers and participate in question and answer sessions.  Each evening will feature a dinner banquet with a special guest speaker and time for questions and answers.  Oftentimes you will even have an opportunity to meet and have your picture taken with the speaker!

Will I have free time during the conference? 

You will not have much free time in Washington since we provide you with a comprehensive program.  You are free in the evenings after dinner (at about 10:00 p.m.) and many students go out and enjoy the town at that time each night.  If you wish to have more free time in Washington, you need to come early or stay late.  Young America’s Foundation is not able to make these arrangements for you.    

Can I stay in the dorm extra nights before or after the conference? 

No.  Young America’s Foundation is only responsible for your accommodations during the specified times (Monday-Friday nights).  You may want to arrange for extra time in Washington before or after the conference on your own.  A hotel near the conference site is the George Washington University Inn, which can be reached at (800) 426-4455. A less expensive hotel in downtown Washington is the Hotel Harrington which can be reached at (800) 424-8532.

What are the living arrangements? 

Students will have one or more roommates of the same sex for the week in a dormitory at George Washington University.  The registration form allows you to request roommates, and we will do our best to accommodate those requests.  Linens are provided, although some people prefer to bring their own as the provided linens are small.  Each room has its own bathroom.  The provided towels are very thin so you might consider bringing your own.

How many students are expected for the conference? 

More than 220 full-time students are expected to attend the conference from all over the country, and hundreds of Washington-area interns will also join us for dinner each night. 

Is there a registration deadline? 

Yes, the last day to apply is July 11.  Also, the price increases from $100 to $175 on May 31, so we encourage you to apply early.   

Can I sponsor a student to attend this program? 

Yes!  Your generous tax-deductible gift of $2,000 will allow Young America's Foundation to host a student at this program who could not otherwise attend.  You can designate a specific student you know to attend, or sponsor a student who is receiving free tuition as a result of financial need.  For more information about these and other sponsorship opportunities, please contact Young America's Foundation Vice President Kimberly Begg at kbegg@yaf.org or call 800-USA-1776.            

Are scholarships available for students?

Yes—tuition assistance may be available on a case-by-case basis for those with demonstrable financial need.  If you have financial need, please email a brief essay (no more than a page) to Katie Taran at ktaran@yaf.org with some language regarding your financial need.  We cannot consider your request until we receive this essay.

 

What if I have other questions? 

You will receive information in the mail when the conference gets closer about what to wear, what to expect, what is on the schedule, and how to arrive at the conference site.  Also feel free to contact Katie at (800) USA-1776 or via email at ktaran@yaf.org with any other questions you have.

What are the terms and conditions of the conference?  

What are the terms and conditions of the conference?  

a) I understand that I am applying for a limited amount of space at this conference and that my application is subject to confirmation.  I will be notified within two weeks of submitting my application whether I have been accepted to the conference.  In the event I have not been accepted, my charge will be refunded. 

b) I must attend all sessions of the National Conservative Student Conference. If I do not attend all functions, I will be charged the full cost of the conference and/or event(s), including the hotel, food, and conference costs, which total $2,000 per attendee.  

c) Except in case of emergency, I must notify Young America’s Foundation by July 4, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. EST of my inability to attend or I will be charged the supplemental fee since it is too late to give my spot to another student.

  

d) I understand that the conference fee is not refundable if I cancel my participation after July 4, 2014, unless I send another student to take my place. 

e) I understand I will be assigned roommates for the conference. I may request preferred roommates of the same sex, but there is a chance I may not be able to room with them. 

f) I agree to abide by all rules and instructions of Young America’s Foundation and The George Washington University, and to obey all laws.  I agree to notify Young America’s Foundation’s staff immediately if a problem arises during the conference.

g) Young America's Foundation uses real photos, videos, and quotes from our students for promotional purposes and to advance our mission. By attending this program, I consent to the use of my photo, written evaluation statements, and video in any Young America's Foundation materials.

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