Every year the U.S. Embassy and the National Institute of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (NIHERST) accept applications from sixth form science students from specified educational districts for a scholarship to attend the National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) in West Virginia, United States.
Two students receive full scholarships to exchange ideas with scientists and other professionals from the academic and corporate worlds. The month-long experience includes lectures and hands-on science seminars presented by scientists from across the United States, overnight excursions into the Monongahela National Forest, and a visit to Washington D.C. The selected delegates must not only demonstrate academic achievement in science, but also show potential for thoughtful scientific leadership.
The NYSC experience is offered at no cost to its participants so that selected delegates may attend regardless of their financial status. Contributions to the National Youth Science Foundation allow delegates to participate in this “once in a lifetime” experience. Educational and recreational programming, as well as meals, lodging, and round-trip air fare on scheduled airlines are provided free of charge.
For the 2019 NYSC, one student from the Port of Spain educational district and one student from the Victoria educational district were successful in their application for the camp. The two delegates to attend the camp this year are Mr. Teveer Balraj of Naparima College and Ms. Sarah Berment of Holy Name Convent.