2020 Graduate Horizons Application

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Thank you for your interest in Graduate Horizons, a graduate admissions workshop for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nation’s students interested in applying to graduate school or professional school.  Candidates work alongside graduate admissions officers, professors and deans, industry professionals, and other educators in a four-day "crash course" on the graduate admissions process. 


University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)

July 23-26, 2020


The program is 4 days long (only 72 hours of class time) and is limited to 75 students. Candidates are required to participate for the entire program, late arrivals or early departures are not allowed. Please plan accordingly and receive the appropriate permission from work, internship, or academic leave. 


Deadline: Applications must be submitted by April 3, 2020. Please note that there is only one deadline to apply, late applications are accepted on space-available basis.

Application Requirements:

  1. Student Application (includes short answer questions and personal essay)

  2. Official Academic Transcript(s)

  3. Proof of Tribal Enrollment or Native Hawaiian Documentation

  4. Most Recent Financial Aid Award Letter (for current undergraduates only)

  5. Resume/CV

  6. Waivers (Consent to Participate & Liability, Photo & Video, Privacy & Use of Information)

  7. Recommendations (At least one Academic OR Professional Recommendation is required to apply to the program, however we suggest submitting both)

When requesting a recommendation, please share the following link with each of your recommenders: https://www.tfaforms.com/4801033

Cost of Program (Airfare): Every student who is admitted will have their tuition, room and board covered. With the exception of CH Scholars, participants are responsible for their own transportation (flying/driving) to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus. CH Scholars must use the designated GH Travel Agent to book flights and ground transportation.

Eligibility: To be eligible, each student must,

  • Be American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, or First Nations of Canada AND provide appropriate enrollment documentation (provide a copy of enrollment forms issued from a state or federally recognized tribe, First Nations or verified Hawaiian documentation)
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States
  • Be a current college student (at an accredited community college, tribal college/university, or 4 year institution), OR a college graduate, OR a student in a master’s degree program interested in pursing a second advanced degree;
  • Have completed the equivalent of two years of college course work by June 2020
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Submit a completed application

Click Next Page to start your GH Application.


Contact Information

Your email address and phone number will be used to book travel to the program, should you be admitted. Please let us know if any of your information changes after submitting this application by sending an email to gh@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.

Demographic Information

Tribal Enrollment and Community

Graduate Discipline - Small Group Selection
Students and faculty at GH are divided into small groups based upon academic disciplines and degree programs. Please select which small group you are most interested in at this time - you can only work in 1 group. For those interested in joint-degree programs, please select one small group as your primary working group.


Family Information

Children Information

Education Status
High School Information

College and Testing Information

Current Enrollment Information


Travel Information

If flying, please list the two airports closest to you. College students, consider where you will be living during the summer months, will you be flying to/from home, college or another location?
Name of Airport (City, State) Miles from Home
Airport 1
Airport 2
Request for Travel Financial Aid

With the exception of CH Scholars, participants are responsible for their own transportation (ground transportation and flying) to the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor campus. Limited travel assistance is available. College Horizons has financial aid available for travel only and may award partial or full travel assistance based on need. 

Dietary & Physical Accommodations

All participants will be in on-campus housing in shared suites. Typically, students will need to share a room.


It is highly encouraged that you submit two letters of recommendation - one professional and one academic. However, at minimum, applicants may choose to submit one recommendation for the purposes of our application process - either a professional or academic recommendation. Applicants also have the option of submitting a third recommendation by an advisor, professor, supervisor or community leader who can speak to the applicants qualities as a student, professional, leader, community member or volunteer. Please indicate intended recommenders below.

First Recommender
Please indicate the name and contact info for the first Academic and/or Professional recommender whom you've asked to submit a recommendation on your behalf.

Second Recommender
Please indicate the name and contact info for the second Academic and/or Professional recommender whom you've asked to submit a recommendation on your behalf.

Third Recommender
Please indicate the name and contact info for a third Academic and/or Professional recommender whom you've asked to submit a recommendation on your behalf.


In order to advise you to the best of our ability, the faculty of Graduate Horizons need to learn as much about you as we can. Please thoughtfully answer the questions below.


Please tell us a little about who you are and include some or all of the following in your response:

  • What are your hopes and dreams for the future? What are you passionate about?
  • Why do you want to go to graduate school? Why is this the right time in your life for graduate studies? How will graduate school help you achieve your  dreams/passions, academic, career and life goals?
  • What is your career vision and why is it meaningful to you?
  • What are your most notable accomplishments and why do you view them as such?
  • Discuss hardships you have overcome or a notable mistake or failures that you have learned from.
  • Tell us about your involvement with your Native/indigenous culture, community, homeland/villages or Nations.
  • How might your graduate studies contribute to Native/indigenous Nations, communities and peoples?
  • Anything else that will help us get to know you better.


Please use the following page to upload the appropriate documents for review.

Note on Copy of Official Academic Transcript(s): Include copies of all Official Transcripts from any colleges you attended - including community colleges and even if you completed only one credit hour. You may upload as many documents as needed using the link below. Note: Graduate schools will require that all transcripts be submitted, even if you took one course.


College Horizons, Inc. offers participants the opportunity to participate in college and graduate school preparatory workshops through its College and Graduate Horizons programs.  These workshops are held during the summer months on college and university campuses located throughout the United States (including campuses in rural, urban, and metropolitan areas).  In addition to the workshop training, College Horizons, Inc. may provide participants with ground transportation to and from a designated airport serving the workshop campus, dormitory accommodations, meals, program materials, and access to certain campus athletic facilities (except swimming pools).  Residence on campus and participation in all workshop activities are mandatory.  High school students participating in the College Horizons program are carefully supervised throughout the duration of the workshop; safety and security procedures are discussed and enforced; and attendance is taken for all activities including evening dorm check-in.  College and Graduate Horizons underage (minors) participants are not permitted to drive to or from the workshop campus, leave the workshop campus, or take public transportation around the workshop campus.  College and Graduate Horizons participants agree to adhere to the rules of the program and, as guests of the hosting college or university, agree to adhere to all University rules and regulations.


Though College and Graduate Horizons workshops are carefully planned and staffed by College Horizons, Inc., participation in the workshops carries with it certain inherent risks that cannot be eliminated regardless of the care taken by corporate or program faculty and staff, including participant injury or illness.  By signing this form, you consent to your, or your child’s, participation in the College or Graduate Horizons’ program specified in your application, and acknowledge and accept any and all risks of participation in that program.  As a participant (or the parent or guardian of a participant) of a College or Graduate Horizons program, you agree to release and forever discharge and hold College Horizons, Inc., its Trustees, officers, employees, volunteers, and agents harmless from any claim or liability that you may have against the corporation with respect to any bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, property damage, inconvenience, delay, or other injury that may result from your participation, directly or indirectly, in any College or Graduate Horizons program.  You further agree to release College Horizons, Inc. from, and hold it harmless against, any and all liabilities and expenses it may incur with respect to any claim, suit, or cause of action on account of any injury, loss, or damage you suffer.


By signing this Agreement, you acknowledge your understanding that this Release is intended to be as broad and inclusive as permitted by the laws of the State of New Mexico, and agree that if any portion of this Release is held invalid by a court of law, the remainder of the Release will continue in full legal force and effect.  You further agree that this Release will be governed by, and interpreted in accordance with, the laws of the State of New Mexico.  The venue for any legal proceeding related to this Release will be in the State of New Mexico.


By signing this Release you affirm that you have had the opportunity to review its terms, are signing it solely and freely, and intend your signature to be a complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law.  You acknowledge your understanding that by signing this Release, you are giving up legal rights and remedies that may be available to you for College Horizons, Inc.’s ordinary negligence.  You acknowledge your understanding that this Release is a binding legal document.  The parent or guardian who signs this Release on behalf of a minor participant also commits himself or herself to the participant conditions contained in this Release. 


College Horizons, Inc. is committed to respecting the privacy rights of College and Graduate Horizons program participants. The following statement describes the organization’s policy with respect to personal information collected from participants enrolled in any College or Graduate Horizons program.

Application Information and Participant Files: Information supplied in a program application is used by authorized College Horizons, Inc. staff for internal and program purposes only.  Information is secured and maintained solely by College Horizons, Inc. and will not be shared, sold, or made available to any third party except where required by law or court order.  College Horizons may use applicant information and participant information for research purposes and only with approval by the Board of Directors; in such instances, any personally identifiable information will be removed.  During the summer programs, College Horizons, Inc. faculty review participant files as part of the College and Graduate Horizons programs.  Faculty agree to keep all information confidential and private, and are not permitted to disseminate or forward student information to any party, organization, or individual not affiliated with College Horizons, Inc.  Volunteer counselors affiliated with College Horizons, Inc. agree that they will not use the student contact information to solicit or promote any products or services, including free or educational services, to the participants or their families.

Participant Contact Information: College Horizons, Inc. collects the following personal information from its College and Graduate Horizons program participants:  name, address, phone number, e-mail address, tribal affiliation, high school or college name, and gender.  This information is included on a participant-and-faculty roster.  College and university admissions representatives working in partnership with College Horizons, Inc. are provided a copy of this roster and encouraged to contact program participants as part of their recruitment strategy.  College and Graduate Horizons participants are also provided with a copy of the roster and are encouraged to contact college and university representatives for more information on their schools.  College Horizons, Inc. also encourages participants to use the roster to stay in touch with one another and for networking opportunities.

Follow Up: College Horizons, Inc. staff will periodically follow-up with College and Graduate Horizons participants and their parents by e-mail, surveys, phone, and mailing to learn of the participant’s progress on college or graduate school applications; admissions and enrollment; and graduation.  In addition, College Horizons, Inc. will send updates, newsletters, and annual reports to former participants as part of our communications and outreach plan.

By signing this agreement, you (as a participant or the parent or guardian of a participant) understand how participant information will be used.  You consent to the publication of your, or your child’s, personal information (as described above) in the participant-and-faculty roster, and follow-up contact by College Horizons, Inc. as described in this Privacy Statement and Participant Consent to Use of Information.


College Horizons Inc. staff will be taking photographs and may record audio and video footage throughout College and Graduate Horizons workshops.  This material will be used primarily for College and Graduate Horizons marketing purposes.  While most parents and participants are happy to see pictures of their children, or themselves, displayed in print and on the College Horizons, Inc. website, some have personal reasons for wishing to exclude themselves or their children from activities that will be photographed or recorded.  In order to honor the wishes of any individual or parent requesting exclusion from organization photographs or audio-visual material, please complete the Consent to Photography, Audio, and Video Recording below.  Please be aware, however, that College Horizons, Inc. cannot control, and is not responsible for, any photographs, or audio-visual material taken by other program participants for their personal use.  College Horizons, Inc. cannot control or be responsible for the reproduction or publication of photographs, audio, or video material taken by other program participants on their personal websites, social media pages, or on other media types.


Note: Published photographs will not include a participant’s personal information such as telephone number, e-mail or street address, or the names of the participant’s family members (if family member identities are known to College Horizons, Inc.).

The consent or denial of consent indicated above will remain in effect until revoked, in writing, and mailed to College Horizons, Inc. at:  P.O. Box 1262 Pena Blanca, NM 87041.