American Enterprise Summit for Middle School Scholars

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Live and learn in the nation’s capital!

In partnership with Close Up, the Horatio Alger Association American Enterprise Summit for Middle School Scholars is an opportunity for rising eighthgrade students. This is a fully funded program for students and teachers to travel to Washington, gather with their peers from across the country, and discover and engage with successful leaders who reached their American Dream by overcoming adversity. Teachers can nominate ten students from their school to participate in the programThroughout the program, students and teachers will: 

  • Gain an awareness of the opportunities available through civic and community engagement, entrepreneurship, and the free-enterprise system. 
  • Highlight the importance of the pursuit of the American Dream. 
  • Participate in study visits in the nation’s capital, including memorials, museums, and Capitol Hill.  
  • Engage in a deliberation workshop focused on issues currently in Congress. 
  • Prepare themselves as future leaders who meet the challenges of the 21st-century workforce. 


Horatio Alger Association American Enterprise Summit for Middle School Scholars

Dates: July 8-11, 2024 

List of Nominated Students Due to Close Up: April 19, 2024  

Student Application Deadline: May 10, 2024  


  • Teachers will nominate ten students from their school to participate and apply for the program
  • Each school will send ten students and one chaperone, who must be able to travel to Washington together
  • Students must be rising eighth-graders and complete the program application form
  • Students, parents, and teachers must attend a pre-program meeting

Included in the program: 

  • Airline tickets and tuition costs (covered by the Horatio Alger Association and booked by Close Up) 
  • Coach bus transportation to and from all activities in Washington, including airport transfers  
  • Daily meals  
  • Quality hotel accommodations (two students per room)  
  • Academic program materials, including a student guidebook 
  • 24/7 supervision, including instructional staff and night monitors  
  • Medical access to Georgetown Pediatric Hospital 

*Students, parents, and teachers will be required to participate in a pre-program informational session. 




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