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  • Our Inaugural Scholars Program was a Success!

    This year, we celebrate our brand new Scholars Program, under the leadership of Director Mikaela Crank Thinn. After years of fundraising and planning, the hard work paid off as our newest College Horizons program became reality and took place on Lawrence University's campus in Appleton, Wisconsin. Lawrence most recently hosted College Horizons for the third time in 2016. We are grateful to everybody's hard work on the planning committee and to Lawrence University for hosting us in our first year of this new and exciting initiative.

    The inaugural Scholars Program took place this past summer from July 15 to August 5, 2017. There were 19 Scholars representing 9 tribal nations who have since started attending 16 different colleges and universities. 53% were coming from rural communities on or nearby their tribal reservations. 74% were first generation college students. The goal of the Scholars Program is to help College Horizons alumni acclimate to their first year of college. The Scholars Program aims to prepare students by addressing their holistic needs and making college relevant by connecting their culture and community to their college experience.

    As part of the program, students took one writing seminar by Julie Haurykiewicz and Brigetta Miller, one lecture course by Dr. Adrienne Keene, one success strategies class by Kate Zoromski, and one cultural transition course led by the Director of the Scholars Program and our interns. The lecture course served as an introduction to critical race theory and the cultural transition class helped students learn how to navigate college structures. On the weekends, students took trips to the nearby Oneida and Menominee Nations.

    Each week the Scholars Program also incorporated a different wellness theme. The first week, Dr. Virgil Moorehead came to discuss mental health, digital storytelling and the importance of balance, healing, and play. The second week, Well for Culture visited with the Scholars to teach the group about fitness, nutrition, stress relief and looking to tribal values to indigenize health. The third week, the group applied what they learned from the first part of the program and they took two yoga classes, one meditation class and completed their digital stories.

    Similar to other summer bridge programs, the Scholars Program is focused on academic and success strategies. The students are learning about mindset, resilience, interdependence, traditional academic skills including note taking, test prep, study strategies, and time management. However, in addition, the Scholars are learning skills around resiliency, understanding the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, and tribal citizenship in higher education. The Scholars Program is directly discussing potential socio-cultural challenges that Native students may encounter at predominantly white institutions and strategies to help in overcoming those challenges.

    A committee of seven members helped ensure that the Scholars Program was tailored to meet the needs of our students. The members included all four Scholars teaching faculty and three professors with expertise in psychology, education and the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship. In addition, College Horizons is working closely with a Native evaluator who is helping to indigenize our research process.

    Currently, the Scholars Program is about to kick off our year-round advising for all Scholars who participated in the inaugural program as well as any other interested CH alums who are in their first year of college. The next Scholars Program will take place from July 7 to 28, 2018 and the application will be released in March 2018. If you are interested in the 2018 Scholars Program or if you are a CH alum and first year college student interested in the advising program, please contact mikaela@collegehorizons.org or 505-414-1010.

  • College Horizons featured on NPR national news show!



    Listen to our segment on All Things Considered from NPR News using the following link!


    Claudio Sanchez, a news correspondent from NPR, spent the better part of a week with us at our 2016 program at Lawrence University. This is what he saw. Tip: Be sure to listen to the audio from the show since it contains the voices of our students and more content than the written article! 

    College Horizons is a program of heart - take a listen to our students share their stories on their fluid identities, preparing for college, being teenagers and strengthening their families, communities and Nations through education. Thank you Claudio Sanchez and NPR for listening. We are thrilled for the coverage as we prepare to launch our CH Annual Fund Campaign in just a few short weeks - stay tuned!
  • Announcing the College Horizons Scholars Program!


    College Horizons is thrilled to introduce a new summer program that will launch in 2017! The College Horizons Scholars Program is a three-week writing academy that will service college bound Native students as they graduate from high school and immediately prior to entering college. We are very pleased to announce that our inaugural class of scholars will be hosted by Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in 2017 and then at Amherst College in 2018. A generous grant of $650,000 over the span of three years has been awarded to College Horizons in partnership with Lawrence University from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in order to make this new program possible. 

    (A photo of small group 5 students and faculty from College Horizons at Lawrence University in 2016. Participants pose for photo while standing on stairs and wearing matching t-shirts stand in front of a campus building)

    This culturally relevant and rigorous program will serve to sharpen students' writing, reading and discussion skills in order to boost confidence and make the transition to college smoother for students as they begin their freshman year. Students at the program will experience college-level instruction and receive techniques and strategies for navigating the academic and social challenges inherent to transitioning into a college environment. Furthermore, students will receive ongoing advising and support once the program concludes and throughout their undergraduate career. The program will aim to address the unique challenges and strengths that Native American students bring to their higher education experience.  

    "Many of our students stand to benefit from bridge programming in order to better prepare them for a college environment. Particularly, Native students from first-generation, rural or low-income homes and communities," states Carmen Lopez, Executive Director of College Horizons. "Even students who may have excelled in and exhausted their high school curriculum can be very challenged as they enter a rigorous college environment - in addition to the academic and financial hurdles, many Native students can feel uniquely isolated as they live away from family, culture and homelands for the first time. This program is designed to ease that transition. We don't just want to see our students admitted to college - we want them to thrive, graduate from college, and then be prepared to earn a graduate or professional degree. This pipelining work is critical to our mission at College Horizons and Graduate Horizons."

    To head this new initiative, College Horizons has selected a Director of Scholars Program who will oversee the planning and implementation of the Scholars Program. Mikaela Crank Thinn M.Ed. (CH '02 and GH '07) has been selected to head the new initiative in the coming months. She joins the College Horizons team from her previous position at Stanford University's Office of Undergraduate Admission. Read more about Mikaela and her new position here

    For more information about the Scholars Program, read the Mellon Foundation's announcement here and check back with the College Horizons website in the coming months as we announce more information.