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2023 Graduate Horizons Application

Thank you for your interest in Graduate Horizons, a graduate admissions workshop for American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian 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 two-day "crash course" on the graduate admissions process. 


GH 2023 Hosting Site: 

Lawrence University (Appleton, WI)

July 19-22, 2023


The program includes 2 days for travel, 2 days of programming and is limited to 50 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 5, 2023. Please note that there is only one deadline to apply, late applications are accepted on space-available basis.

Application Components:

  • Application (includes short answer questions and personal essay)
  • Academic Transcript(s) 
  • Most Recent Financial Aid Award Letter (for current undergraduates only)
  • Résumé or CV 
  • Recommendation Form (At least one Academic OR Professional Recommendation)
    When requesting a recommendation, please share the following link with each of your recommenders: https://www.tfaforms.com/5044340

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

Eligibility: To be eligible, each student must

  • Be a College Horizons or Scholars Alum - GH2023 is only open to alumni of CH and Scholars
  • Be American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian - Documentation is not required as applicant was previously verified in the CH/Scholars program
  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States AND currently reside in 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 2 years of college course work by June 2023
  • Have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Be up-to-date on COVID-19 Vaccinations 
  • Submit a completed application
Click the 'Next Page' button to start your GH Application.
Contact Information
It is crucial that the info submitted here 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 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 - Select a Small Group
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

Education Status
College and Testing Information

Currently Enrolled Student Info

Program Logistics

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


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 an additional 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 your 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.

Short Answer Questions

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.
Short Answer Questions

Personal Essay

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.

Supporting Documents

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

A Copy or Copies of Official Academic Transcripts: Include copies of all Official or Unofficial 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.