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Scholars Program FAQ

What is the Scholars Program?

The Scholars Program is a three-week residential summer program hosted by Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. The Scholars Program will focus on academic, co-curricular and campus life to help Native students acclimate to their first year of college. The Scholars Program will consist of two parts: a three-week summer academy for Native students who are about to matriculate as first year college students, and ongoing, wraparound college advising that builds on the skills learned at the Scholars Program.

What is the Mellon Foundation and why is it important to the Scholars 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 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.

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

There are no direct costs to students for participating in the Scholars Program. Campus housing, meals, and airfare is covered. Students should bring money for baggage fees, laundry or other personal expenses.

How are students selected to participate in the Scholars Program?

The Scholars Program is open to College Horizons alumni that are graduating high school seniors, attending college in the fall and will be 18 years of age by the program start date. Students apply and are selected by College Horizons. 30 students will be admitted whom the committee believes will benefit the most from the Scholars Program.

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

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

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

On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, students participate in classes in the morning and afternoon. Tuesdays and Thursdays are devoted to co-curricular workshops addressing discussion, academic skills and socio-cultural resilience. Other opportunities exist in the afternoons or evenings for preparation of class assignments, working with writing tutors, and socializing. On weekends, Scholars Program interns will coordinate guest speakers and lead off campus field trips.

Can students earn academic credit through SP?

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

Do students have to stay on campus during the weekends?

During the Scholars Program, all students must reside on the Lawrence University campus. If students have a prior commitment that falls during the Scholars Program, they should discuss the conflict with the Director of the Scholars Program.

Who are the staff running the Scholars Program?

The Director of the Scholars Program (DSP) is the primary contact and program administrator, as well as an instructor for the co-curricular workshops. There will be up to three faculty professors who will be teaching the courses. Two college student interns will support the DSP, professors and reside in the dormitory as residential advisors. In addition, there will be writing tutors, visiting scholars, lecturers and local tribal member guest speakers.

Who can provide more information about the SP?

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