The Center for Native American Youth, in partnership with Columbia University’s Summer Immersion Program for High School Students, will award one full-tuition, residential scholarship for a Native student to attend a 3-week pre-college program during summer 2018 in New York City. The CNAY-Columbia Summer Scholarship covers the cost of housing, tuition, weekday meals, coursework materials, and other required student services. The estimated value of the scholarship is over $10,000.

2018 PROGRAM SESSION DATES:
Session I: June 25-July 13
Session II: July 17-August 3
Click here for a list of courses offered.

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  March 16, 2018 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Must be American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian;
  • In grades 9-12 or in first year of college in Fall 2018; and
  • At least 15 years old by the start of the program. *

*Students age 15 must provide a letter from a parent/guardian attesting to student’s maturity and ability to look after oneself while at Columbia and in New York.

TO APPLY:

Complete the online application and include the following materials. Note that you cannot save and return to the application or recommendation forms. We suggest saving your work in a word document.

  • Proof of tribal enrollment or descendancy;
  • High school transcript (unofficial transcripts accepted);
  • Explanation of curriculum selection;
  • Response to an essay prompt (750-word maximum);

A complete application also includes two recommendation forms:

  • Recommendation Form #1 must be submitted by a guidance counselor, principal, or headmaster commenting on the student’s intellectual ability, level of maturity, and motivation for participating in the Columbia University Summer Program for High School Students.
  • Recommendation Form #2
    • For Incoming Junior-Seniors, this form must be submitted by an instructor who teaches in a field closely related to the applicant’s chosen curricular option. The comments should describe the student’s knowledge of that field and assess the student’s qualification to engage in concentrated study.
    • For Incoming First Years-Sophomores, this form must be submitted by a teacher familiar with the student’s work. The comments should describe the student’s academic talents and potential to benefit from the experience at Columbia.
  • Applicants may also submit a high school resume, though this is not required.

All materials must be submitted to CNAY by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on March 16, 2018.

For more information on the program and course options, visit the Columbia Summer Program for High School Students website and FAQ page. Note that applicants for the CNAY-Columbia scholarship must apply through CNAY’s online process, not Columbia’s portal. If selected, CNAY will guide the scholar through Columbia’s application process.

For questions, contact Amber Richardson at amber.richardson@aspeninstitute.org or (202) 736-3577.