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2024 Gold Medal Summit

June 12 - June 14

Congratulations to our Class of 2024 Gold Medalists! We’re thrilled to extend an invitation to our upcoming Gold Medal Summit in Washington, D.C., where we will collectively celebrate your outstanding accomplishments. The RSVP form is now CLOSED.

If you’re unable to join us at the Summit, there’s no need to register. Your medal will be sent to you or your local Congressional office closer to the ceremony, based on the choice you indicated in your Record Book submission. In the meantime, consider sharing your achievements with your school or a publication of your choice by completing our School/Press notification form.

Wednesday, June 12th – Friday, June 14th, 2024
Washington, D.C.
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Registration Deadline

The deadline to submit RSVP’s for the 2024 Gold Medal Summit was April 21, 2024, 11:59 p.m. ET local time. We are unable to make any exceptions to this deadline.

Summit Refund and Cancellation Policy

  • Summit registration canceled before May 1, 2024, is refundable but subject to a $50 fee, which covers bank, application and administrative costs.
  • Registrants canceling on or after May 1, 2024, will not receive a refund. The refund and cancellation policy will not be waived.

Summit Agenda

While exact timing, venues, and programming pieces have not yet been confirmed, the agenda will include a welcome reception, plenty of meet and greet opportunities with fellow Awardees and Alumni, meetings with Members of Congress, networking opportunities with influential Government, Business, and Civic Leaders, speaking panels with experts in various fields, a Washington Nationals baseball game and on-field access, local attractions such as tours and shows, and FUN all over the nation’s capital. You can find a brief snapshot of the tentative itinerary below:

Welcome Day will have activities taking place in the afternoon and evening, giving medalists and their guests time to arrive and get settled in before a full day of programming tomorrow.
  • Welcome reception & check-in event to meet your fellow medalists and get your Medalist Welcome Bag
  • Group activities & ice breakers
  • Sightseeing and local attractions

Hill Day will include a full day of programming in the U.S. Capitol from the morning to the evening.

  • Kick-off breakfast
  • Recognition meetings and special access with Members of Congress in and around the U.S. Capitol
  • Speaking panels in the Capitol Visitor Center’s Congressional Auditorium
  • Lunch in the U.S. Capitol Cafe
  • Access to Congressional Award Lounge area in the Capitol Visitor Center with refreshments, photo opportunities, merchandise, and staff available to assist medalists
Nats Day will kick off at the ballpark with special on-field access and provide freedom for medalists to “choose their own adventure” with exclusive discount codes and tailored recommendations for a variety of activities around the city, including shows, museums, and tours.
  • Washington Nationals on-field experience
  • Sightseeing and local attractions
  • Washington Nationals baseball game

Please note that the itinerary is subject to change. Regardless of the exact agenda, this event will be an amazing opportunity for you to connect with your peers and leaders in your community. We are still working to confirm certain pieces of the agenda, so stay tuned for updates! 


In the meantime, we invite you to book your hotel room at the Cambria or the Phoenix Park with our discounted room blocks, which are available from June 12-15. The hotel booking links can be found here:

Please note that you do not need to stay at these particular hotels and may book accommodations anywhere conveniently located to Washington, D.C. 

Event App – Launching soon!

In the coming months, we will be providing additional information regarding the itinerary and other details related to the Summit, including our event app, Whova. Feel free to get a head start and download now as we prepare to launch!


We understand that everyone has unique schedules and commitments. Unfortunately, due to the nature of the event and the number of attendees, as well as the schedules of the Members of Congress who will be participating, it is not possible to personalize schedules for individual participants based on their own availability. We are working to coordinate with the Members of Congress to maximize their availability during the Summit and to create a comprehensive and engaging itinerary for the event.
We recommend blocking off three full days (or a half-day for the first day of the Summit) to fully participate in all the Summit has to offer. Your meeting with your Member of Congress will be scheduled with you closer to June.

The deadline to submit your online record book to be included in the 2024 Gold Medal Class was February 1, 2024. If revisions are needed, the deadline to submit additional information or corrections to your Record Book is March 15, 2024 at 11:59 pm local time. Submit your record book here and find helpful tips, guides, and resources for submitting your record book here.

Medals will be mailed to medalists who are unable to attend the Summit after the event takes place in June. We will attempt to set up local presentations for any medalists who who have indicated they would like one in their Record Book submission.

Travel costs and accommodations will not be covered by The Congressional Award. However, room discounts will be available by booking through the host hotels in Washington, D.C. – which can be booked at this link (Cambria) or this link (Phoenix Park).

Registration for the Gold Medal Summit is priced at $600 per medalist + processing fees. Each medalist has one (1) guest included in their registration. Medalists can add a second guest (Gold Medalist + 2 guests total) for a $200 additional guest fee. This fee covers certain meals, tickets, venue costs, and access to all Summit events.

Please note that due to our large group and venue capacity, we are NOT able to make exceptions to the guest allowance. Again, unfortunately we do not have the capacity for additional guests, including young children.

Light refreshments will be provided throughout each day as well as a breakfast buffet, lunch vouchers, and meal voucher at the Nationals game for the Gold Medalist and their registered guests.

We are excited to offer a registration fee waiver for the 2024 Gold Medal Summit to those who may need financial assistance. In the event registration form, you will find an application form for a waived registration fee. Please note that this waiver will only cover the $600 registration fee for the medalist and 1 guest, and does not include flights, hotels, or supplementary meals. A committee will review all requests for a waiver on a need-basis, however, please be aware that the number of slots available is limited. If your application is not approved, you will be required to provide payment later on in order to attend the Summit.

Congressional meetings will take place throughout day 2 of the Summit in various locations within the Capitol complex. While we are unable to guarantee that your Representative and/or Senator(s) will be available due to the ongoing legislative and voting schedule, we will begin the scheduling process for you ASAP and attempt to get your meeting(s) on the schedule.

Please note that Congressional office staff will be scheduling meeting(s) directly with you and your fellow medalists, so please keep an eye on your email and respond promptly when they reach out in a few weeks to coordinate a time and place.

If you do not request a meeting on the event registration form, we will not reach out to schedule a meeting on your behalf. In lieu of a Congressional meeting, you will have the opportunity to attend all of the expert speaking panels throughout the day. Regardless, there will be many opportunities to meet with legislative, business and civic leaders throughout the Summit. We will work with you to arrange meeting opportunities in recognition of earning your Gold Medal.

Please be sure to indicate if you and/or your guest(s) need assistance coordinating accessibility accommodations when filling out the event registration form so we can provide the necessary information to our venues. We are more than happy to assist with your needs in order to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience.

Most of the events of the 2024 Gold Medal Summit will take place in The U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) as well as the Senate and House of Representative Office Buildings, which all offer a variety of services for individuals with disabilities. Read more about the CVC accessibility services here, and the House/Senate Office Buildings here. Supplementary events will take place at local hotels, sporting event venues, and local museums or event spaces. As these venues are secured, we will be sure to prioritize sending out information on ADA compliance and accessibility services. Our team will be ready to assist any individuals with special needs.

Due to the increasing number of medalists, in addition to restrictions in the Capitol, the 2024 Gold Medal Summit will not include a formal ceremony. We have shifted to an in-person summit model for medalists to meet with their Members of Congress in an environment that encourages conversation and interaction.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to extend an invitation to medalists beyond the 2024 class at this time.

However, we would still like to offer you a few opportunities to stay involved as an alumni member of the program:

  1. We invite you to consider applying to become a Diversity Ambassador, a role that provides opportunities to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Congressional Award community.
  2. We encourage you to join our alumni network on LinkedIn, where you can connect with fellow medalists and stay informed about upcoming events and career opportunities.
  3. We also encourage you to check out the resources in our Career Center, where you can find valuable tools and guidance to help you pursue your career goals and find job opportunities from our corporate partners.

Please refer to the brief snapshot of the itinerary included at the beginning of this webpage. Attendees will be notified once the agenda is finalized in the coming weeks.


June 12
June 14


The Congressional Award – Gold


United States Capitol
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Washington DC, DC 20510 United States
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