Scholars Program 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Are you still running the programs during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Yes, we are still going to offer the Scholars Pathway Program! However, due to the pandemic and in order to protect the health of our scholars and staff, we are running the programs online. All activities will be virtual and remote for 2021.

What is the College Horizons Scholars Pathway Program?

In the Scholars Pathway Program, students will complete a 4-year pathway program that includes four, in-person (remote in 2020 and 2021) activities: a 1-week Transition-to-College bridge program for 20 rising first-year students, a 1-week Introduction to Indigenous Research Methodologies for 20 rising sophomores, a 3-day Pre-Graduate Research Institute for 10 rising juniors, and a 3-day Graduate Horizons for 20 rising seniors. All programs take place in the summer. The first-year and second-year programs are concurrent; likewise, the junior and senior programs are concurrent. The Scholars Program will focus on academic, co-curricular and campus life to help Native students acclimate and graduate from college.

What are the major changes to the revised Scholars Program?

In 2016-2019, the Scholars Program was originally designed as a three-week summer bridge opportunity for rising first year college students. In order to better serve more Scholars at different points in their college journey, College Horizons modified the programming into one-week opportunities for college freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. From 2020-2022, the revised Scholars Program Pathway will be implemented.

What is the Mellon Foundation and why is it important to the Scholars Pathway Program?

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation endeavors to strengthen, promote, and, where necessary, defend the contributions of the humanities and the arts to human flourishing and to the well-being of diverse and democratic societies. The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship is a program aligned with the foundation’s mission to address the problem of underrepresentation in the academy at the level of college and university faculties. This goal can be achieved both by increasing the number of students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue PhDs and by supporting the pursuit of PhDs by students who may not come from traditional minority groups but have otherwise demonstrated a commitment to the goals of MMUF. With the support from The Mellon Foundation for the Scholars Program, students will be introduced to the arts and humanities discipline and those interested in pursuing a PhD in the humanities fields will be given additional advising.

How does the Scholars Pathway Program connect to College Horizons and Graduate Horizons?

Existing College Horizons programs reach Native students at two points: 11th and 12th graders preparing to apply to colleges, and college juniors and seniors preparing to apply to graduate or professional school. The Scholars Program will bridge these other efforts, creating a well-supported trajectory for college success that addresses the challenges Native students encounter in college, especially in their first two years. This comprehensive approach will enable College Horizons to build a more robust pathway of high-achieving Native students—increasing not only college completion, but accomplishment. In addition, Scholars will have reserved spots to participate in the Graduate Horizons program.

I am still waiting on my admission decision and I am not sure which college I will attend. Can I still apply to the Scholars Pathway Program by the deadline?

Yes you are still eligible and you can still apply. There is a section in the application where applicants can list all the colleges and universities they applied and the decision outcome (i.e. admitted, denied, waitlisted, deferred, or still waiting on decision). If you have not committed to a college or received an admission letter by the application deadline, there is an option for you to indicate that in that application and you can submit your admission letter and financial award letter at a later time to scholars@collegehorizons.org.

How much does it cost to participate in the Scholars Pathway Program?

All expenses are covered to participate in the Scholars Program. The program is free.

How are students selected to participate in the Scholars Pathway Program?

The Scholars Pathway Program is open to College Horizons alumni. Students apply online and are selected by College Horizons. The SPP will accommodate up to 70 students for all four activities (20 for Transition to College, 20 for Introduction to Indigenous Research Methodologies, 10 for Pre-Graduate Research Institute and 20 for Graduate Horizons). Students will be admitted whom the committee believes will benefit the most from the Scholars Pathway Program.

What happens if a student is not selected to participate in Scholars Pathway Program?

Students not selected will be offered to receive the same wraparound advising from College Horizons to help them while in college. Students should also research and consider their respective college or university’s summer bridge or research opportunities.

What does a typical day look like at the Scholars Pathway Program?

Students will participate in online classes in the afternoon. There will be co-curricular workshops addressing small group discussion, academic skills and socio-cultural resilience.

Can students earn academic credit through Scholars Pathway Program?

No, students will not receive any academic credit for the courses taken.

Do students receive funding for attending the Scholars Pathway Program?

Yes, only sophomore participants will receive a $550 stipend for their participation in the 1-week Introduction to Indigenous Research Methodologies program.

Do students have to stay on campus during the program?

During the Scholars Pathway Program, all students must reside on the college campus. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our program will be remote and virtual.

Who are the staff running the Scholars Pathway Program?

The Director of the Scholars Program (DSP) and the Scholars Fellow and Program Associate are the primary contacts and program administrators. There will be up to four faculty professors who will be teaching the courses. In addition, there will be guest speakers and lecturers.

Who can provide more information about the Scholars Pathway Program?

All questions should be directed to Director of the Scholars Program Mikaela Crank: mikaela@collegehorizons.org