Student Free Speech Summit – Student FAQs
Who is eligible to attend the Student Free Speech Summit?
Current high school students who are graduating in 2019 or who will be going into their sophomore, junior, or senior year in the 2019-2020 school year are eligible to attend Student Free Speech Summit during the summer of 2019. Those entering their freshman year in the 2019-2020 school year are also welcome to apply. Preference is given to older students, but a strong candidate will still be considered.
When is my application due?
Applications must be received by April 1, 2019 in order to be considered. Apply early as space is limited, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
What are the requirements to be accepted to the Student Free Speech Summit?
- Students must be a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior in the 2019-2020 school year.
- Students who apply should be interested in government, civics, public policy, journalism, economics, or constitutional principles.
- Students should be academically oriented as the program will consist of lecture, discussion, and activities that are geared toward high-achieving high school students.
- Students should be prepared to participate in deep, critical discussions on key issues facing society in a mature and thoughtful manner.
What are the costs for the Student Free Speech Summit?
FREE. The Bill of Rights Institute is covering the costs of meals, housing, travel, and the program. The travel stipend is paid directly to the student, but will be paid one week after the program. The student must attend the entire program in order to receive the travel stipend. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Should I book a flight as soon as I apply?
Please wait to book a flight until you receive an acceptance letter from the Bill of Rights Institute with further directions.
How will I be transported in and around Washington, D.C.?
You will be transported between venues on charter buses. Chaperones will accompany you on the bus.
What should I bring with me?
- Bring professional clothes, business casual clothes, and casual clothes with you to the Summit. Most visits will require professional clothing.
- You will receive specific information on what to wear for each day upon acceptance.
- Comfortable shoes are a must!
- A laptop computer or tablet is highly recommended. Students find them very useful when completing projects!
- Notebooks, pens, pencils, highlighters, and other clerical items are suggested.
- Any reading materials we have provided to you should be brought with you. We will remind you what items you will need for each session or day.
- Do remember that our program continues no matter what the weather – Washington is known for being extremely hot and humid in the summer.
Who should I contact if I have other questions about the Student Free Speech Summit?
Please feel free to contact Madi Howard, Program manager for the Student Free Speech Summit at email@example.com.