2020 CNAY-Columbia Summer Scholarship EXTENDED

The Center for Native American Youth, in partnership with Columbia University’s Summer Immersion Program for High School Students, is offering one full-tuition, residential scholarship for a Native student to attend a 3-week pre-college program during summer 2020 in New York City. 

The CNAY-Columbia scholarship covers the cost of housing, tuition, weekday meals, coursework materials, and other required student services. The estimated value of the scholarship is over $10,000. 

*Students are financially responsible for their own travel to and from the program, as well as spending money for incidentals, souvenirs, and recreational activities. Columbia University recommends a generous amount of $900 to cover expenses such as weekend meals, laundry, personal items, weekend transportation, and admission fees for optional activities around the city. CNAY suggests contacting your tribal nation, school and other local organizations to identify funding to cover travel and spending money. 

Extended Application Deadline: Due on March 5, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time

2020 Program Session Dates: 

  • Session I: June 28 – July 18 
  • Session II: July 20 – August 8 

Eligibility: Scholarship applicants must be: 

  • American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian; 
  • In grades 9-12 or entering their first year of college in Fall 2020; and 
  • At least 15 years old by the start of the program. 

*Note that students age 15 must provide a letter from parents/guardians attesting to student’s maturity and ability to look after oneself while at Columbia and in New York. 

To Apply: 

Complete the online scholar application which includes the following materials: 

  • Proof of tribal enrollment or descendance; 
  • High school transcript (unofficial transcripts accepted); 
  • Explanation of curriculum selection (one paragraph); and 
  • Response to an essay prompt (750-word maximum) 

Recommendation Form #1. 

  • This form should be submitted by a guidance counselor, principal, or headmaster commenting on the student’s intellectual ability, level of maturity, and motivation for participating in the Columbia University Summer Program for High School Students. 

Recommendation Form #2. 

  • Rising juniors and seniors must submit a letter written by an instructor who teaches in a field closely related to the applicant’s chosen curricular option. The letter must describe the student’s knowledge of that field and assess the student’s qualification to engage in concentrated study. The recommendation must come from a teacher who works at the school the applicant is currently attending. 
  • Rising freshmen and sophomores must submit a letter written by a teacher familiar with the student’s work. The letter must describe the student’s academic talents and potential to benefit from the experience at Columbia. The recommendation must come from a teacher who works at the school the applicant is currently attending. 

*Applicants may submit an optional, supplemental High School resume. 

All materials must be submitted to CNAY by 11:59 PM Eastern Time March 5, 2020

For more information on the program and course options, visit the Columbia Summer Program for High School Students website and FAQ page. Note that applicants for the CNAY-Columbia scholarship must apply through CNAY’s online process, not Columbia’s portal. If selected, CNAY will guide the scholar through Columbia’s process. The scholar’s space in the program is reserved, and their application will be expedited through Columbia’s process. Columbia’s timeline and fee structure do not apply to the CNAY-Columbia applicant. 

Contact Jennifer Peacock at Jennifer.Peacock@aspeninst.org with any questions.