Summer Scoop for Underrepresented Students: Colorado State

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Looking for summer programs for summer 2021? This is a series that will explore and focus on different summer programs for minority and traditionally underrepresented students. These programs give exposure to college level academics and a vast array of other interests, while bolstering admissions chances. Today’s spotlight is Colorado State University.

About Colorado State University: Colorado State University is a public research university located in Fort Collins, in the U.S. state of Colorado. The university is the flagship university of the Colorado State University System. They offer a number of summer programs geared towards underrepresented students populations, listed below.

Colorado State University Native Education Forum

Fort Collins, Colorado

Application Deadline: TBA, application opens in 2021

Program Dates: TBA

Description: The Native Education Forum is a six day summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students will gain university classroom experience, earn academic credit, and research issues critical to Native American/Indigenous communities. While on campus, students will have the chance to interact with university faculty, staff and currently enrolled students as they discuss and evaluate important issues that affect indigenous communities.

Colorado State University Black Issues Forum

Fort Collins, Colorado

Application Deadline: TBA, application opens in 2021

Program Dates: TBA

Application Requirements: Application, official high school transcript, a letter of recommendation

Eligibility: Students finishing their junior year in high school with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in a college prep curriculum are encouraged to apply. Students should also be involved in leadership, school, family and community activities.  

*Special Note: Students who participate in Black Issues Forum and are admitted as freshmen to Colorado State University with a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and meet specific course requirements may be eligible to receive the Partnership Award. Funds for this award are disbursed over four years of continuous enrollment at Colorado State University.

Description: The purpose of the Black Issues Forum is to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate their written and oral communication skills and to enhance their leadership potential. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with university faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students as they discuss and evaluate the important issues of today that affect the African American community at the local, state, national, and/or global level.

  • Earn one college credit at no charge for the course “Blacks in Higher Education”
  • Participate in small peer group discussions of current issues affecting the African American community
  • Experience working in a university library and train in research methods
  • Interact with faculty, staff and currently enrolled students of Colorado State University
  • Reside in University residence halls
  • Take part in social activities, including:
    • Awards banquet
    • Recreation activities
    • An evening of cultural expression and open mic night

Colorado State University Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session

Application Deadline: Rolling admissions, applications open now!

Offering online and in-person programs in Colorado State University – Ft. Collins, Ft. Collins, CO; University Of San Diego, San Diego, CA; and Austin College, Sherman, Texas 

Eligibility: If you are a 10th or 11th grade student and have a minimum 3.2/4.0, are a second-year National Hispanic Institute member, then you qualify for admission.

Program Dates: 1 week in June or July depending on campus

Description: Started in 1983, the overall challenge of the LDZ is for the students to envision themselves as part of the future leadership of a 21st Century Latino community. To learn more and apply, visit their website.

All of these programs also offer great financial aid and/or scholarships, and are/will soon begin accepting applications! These programs are geared specifically for underrepresented students to lift up your voice and potential. If you need help selecting a summer program or guidance with the application process, make sure to reach out to a Empowerly college counselor.

Questions? Let us know!