Provided at no cost to the student, AHS’ extensive program consists of individual support through telephone calls and email correspondence with AHS staff members and an assigned Scholar mentor, group support and learning through conference calls, and four leadership conferences, hosted in New York City, New York, Seattle, Washington, Técpan, Guatemala, and Dallas, Texas.

New York Leader Week is designed to help Scholars form clear plans for their senior year of high school, and ensure that they enroll in, and ultimately graduate from, colleges commensurate to their goals, abilities and interests. Seattle Leader Week is dedicated to establishing short- and long-term goals, examining college financial plans, and discussing social and political issues commonly experienced on college campuses. International Leader Week nurtures a long-term relationship between AHS and the Técpan community, and is designed to help Scholars investigate the relationship between service, culture, and leadership, and explore ways they can apply this knowledge as engaged global citizens. Texas Leader Weekend focuses on preparing Scholars in their junior or senior years of college for the workplace through leadership training, mentorship, career-oriented networking, and internship interview opportunities.

In addition to leadership conferences, AHS’ Independent Internship Support Program offers stipends to 10 to 15 Hamilton Scholars who have secured unpaid or low-paying sum­mer internships. These stipends are intended to cover living expenses, allowing Scholars to accept positions they may otherwise need to decline.


Each year of the program includes an all-expenses paid leadership conference hosted in various cities:

YR 1 | High School Senior | College Readiness | New York Leader Week
YR 2 | College Freshman | College Transition | Seattle Leader Week
YR 3 | College Sophomore | Leadership & Service | International Leader Week
YR 4 | College Junior | Career Readiness | Texas Leader Weekend
YR 5 | College Senior | Career Transition