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2020 Student Application

Welcome and thank you for your interest in our College Horizons summer workshop for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian high school students! Before continuing to the next page, we ask that you download and review the Application Instructions below. 
Please share these instructions and required waivers with your parent/guardian.

DEADLINE: February 5, 2020 at 11:59pm MT

IMPORTANT: This application has multiple parts. Read instructions below.

Application Quick Links:
Good luck with your application and we can't wait to read your story!

Click the 'Next Page' button to start your Student Application Form.

Student and School Information

Applicant Basic Info
Please make sure the information below is correct and complete. Your email address and phone number will be used to book travel to the program if you are admitted. Be sure to let us know if ANY of your information changes after submitting this application by sending an email to apply@collegehorizons.org.

Preferred names are any name that you wish us to consistently use in place of your first name during and after the program. We will do our best to use this name on all correspondence sent to you and your home, except where legally required.

Tribal Enrollment and Community

Student Demographics

High School Information

Family Information

This information helps us better understand your home context and is used to communicate with your parents if you are admitted to the program. Include only accurate and complete info.
Family Information

Parent or Guardian 1

Name of Institution Degree Type (BA, MA, PhD, etc) Graduation Year
Degree Attained

Parent or Guardian 2

Name of Institution Degree Type (BA, MA, PhD, etc) Graduation Year
Degree Attained

Sibling Information

Age Education Status College Name Expected Graduation Date (MM/YYYY)

Financial Aid and Program Logistics

Financial Aid
The cost of attendance for the College Horizons summer program is the $450.00 tuition fee (the $50 deposit due with this application does towards the full amount) plus the cost of your travel (i.e. airfare). College Horizons offers financial aid based on need. To be considered for financial assistance, parents must submit recent tax returns and complete the Parent Financial Summary and Tax Form. Review the application instructions for complete info.

Site Placement
Our goal at College Horizons is to provide program participants with an opportunity to experience life on a residential college campus– including in the dorms, classrooms, and dining halls. When placing students at a program, we take into consideration many factors, including distance, cost of travel, and school year end dates. We craft each cohort of students with diversity in mind (i.e. gender, tribal nation, high school, grade level). If there is a significant difference in airfares, students who have qualified for travel assistance will be assigned to the site where the cost is least.

Please note, this year we will be hosting two College Horizons programs at Emory University from June 25-July 3, 2020. They will run concurrently, but we will still maintain our student to faculty ratio with roughly 100 students assigned to each program. 

Airport Information
Please indicate below which major or regional airports are situated nearest your place of residence.
Name of Airport (City, State) Miles from Home
Airport 1
Airport 2
Airport 3

Additional Information

Please indicate the name and contact info for the teacher and counselor who you've asked to submit a recommendation on your behalf.

Technology Survey

College Prep Survey

Deposit Return Information (For Parents to Complete)
A $50 deposit fee is due at time of application (along with $20 application processing fee). If admitted, the remaining $400 is due late March upon notification of acceptance. If a student withdraws from the program and notifies College Horizons before April 17, 2020, the deposit will be refunded only if a waitlisted student can take their place. If a student is not admitted to the program, the $50 deposit is refunded.

Short Answer Questions

When answering the following short answer questions be brief, honest and thoughtful in your responses. We read every response so this is your chance to help us understand what makes you unique! Each question has a 250 word limit.
Short Answer Questions

Personal Essay

Tell us about who you are and your hopes/dreams for the future. Do not repeat your responses from your short answer questions, this is an opportunity to tell us another story about yourself. Re-applicants should submit a new essay. We are interested in your academic, personal, and cultural growth since you last applied.


Consider including the following:

  • Who you are and your hopes and dreams for the future;
  • What gives you passion or makes you happy?
  • Hardships you have overcome – what did you learn about yourself?
  • Accomplishments you’re most proud of;
  • Experiences or people who have made a big impression on you;
  • An event that marked your transition from childhood to adulthood within your culture, community, or family;
  • What you most like to do for fun;
  • Whatever you feel will help us get to know you better.

Be sure to let us know how you are connected to or involved with Native/Indigenous heritage, culture, and community, homelands/villages, or Nations and how a college education might benefit you, your family, your community, and future generations.


 (600 word limit)