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Buzz Aldrin

Don't expect this 'award' to help you enter college

Don't expect this 'award' to help you enter college

The official-looking Certificate of Selection for Award comes in a thick red envelope along with a three-page letter and supporting materials.

It says the recipient, a high school student, "was selected for the National Academy of Future Scientists and Technologists Award of Excellence for outstanding academic achievement, leadership potential and determination to serve humanity in the field of science and technology."

The accompanying letter says the recipient is invited to serve as a delegate at the "highly selective" Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders to be held this summer in Boston.

It adds that participation in the event can...