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Scholars Program


From 2016-2019, the Scholars Program was a three-week summer bridge opportunity for rising first year college students. For the next three years, 2020-2022, College Horizons will modify the program to serve students at multiple points in their college journey and condense programming down to one-week. The revised College Horizons Scholars Pathway Program is a four year pathway program that includes four in-person activities: a 1-week Transition-to-College bridge program for first-year students, a 1-week Introduction to Indigenous Research Methodologies (writing academy) for sophomores, a 3-day Pre-Graduate & Research Institute for juniors, and a 3-day Graduate Horizons (graduate application completion) for seniors. Students will receive direct services through a more robust, in-person, and contiguous Scholars Pathway Program (SPP) to better meet their mentoring, academic, socio-emotional, pre-graduate advising, and research needs. 

The SPP is designed to empower Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian College Horizons alumni in their transition from high school to college. The Scholars Program will be hosted by Lawrence University and the University of Michigan with support from the Mellon Foundation. Campus housing, meals and round-trip travel expenses will be covered. Stipends will be available to sophomore participants. The Scholars Program will prepare students by addressing their holistic needs to be successful and help make their higher education journey relevant by connecting their culture and community to college. 

Core Curriculum

  • Indigenous Research Methodologies
  • Academic Success Skills Course
  • Introduction to Settler Colonialism/Critical Race Theory
  • Cultural Transition Course
  • Wellness: physical, mental and emotional health
  • Wraparound advising: year-round intervention curriculum
  • Pre-graduate advising for graduate school application readiness
  • Students will be prepared to make successful transitions to college, achieve and sustain academic success, and become high achievers who will be competitive for fellowships, internships, graduate/professional schools, and career opportunities. 

Co-curricular Skill Building and Socio-cultural Resilience

Students will further develop their academic skills by learning success strategies that will include topics such as mindset, resilience, interdependence, as well as traditional academic skills including note-taking, test preparation, study strategies, and time management. In addition to teaching academic preparation, the Scholars Program will help develop skills around resiliency and understanding the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender and tribal citizenship in higher education. Students will engage in reflection and discussion of the kinds of socio-cultural challenges they may encounter at selective colleges and universities—especially at predominantly white institutions (PWIs)—and strategies for overcoming those challenges. 

The Scholars Program uses holistic and indigenous frameworks to prepare students in their mental, physical, cultural and spiritual development. Our goal is to strengthen students with the tools to becoming critically conscious of the higher educational structural inequalities by addressing settler colonialism, racism, decolonization, racial equity, transformative resistance, social justice and healing.


July 2021 


Virtual and Remote Program


There is no cost for participating in the Scholars Program. All expenses will be covered. 


The SPP is open to College Horizons alumni only and there are limited spots for each program: 

  • 1-week Transition-to-College bridge program will accommodate 20 rising first-year students
  • 1-week Introduction to Indigenous Research Methodologies will accommodate 20 rising sophomores
  • 3-day Pre-Graduate & Research Institute will accommodate 10 rising juniors
  • 3-day Graduate Horizons will accommodate 20 rising seniors


Coming soon! 


Director of Scholars Program, Mikaela Crank at