CNAY-Brown Summer Scholarship for Native High School Students

The Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute (CNAY) has partnered with Brown University Pre-College Programs to award full-tuition, residential scholarships for two Native students to attend a Brown University Pre-College program during summer 2018. The CNAY-Brown Summer Scholarship covers tuition, room and board, application fees, and program fees. Travel support is also available for the two scholarship recipients.

CNAY-Brown Scholars have three summer program options to choose from: Summer at Brown, the Brown Leadership Institute, and the Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) at Rhode Island. All programs take place on or near Brown’s campus in Providence, Rhode Island.

All CNAY-Brown application materials are due at 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Sunday, April 15, 2018. CNAY will notify all applicants of their final application status by April 30, 2018.


Applicants for the CNAY-Brown Summer Scholarship must meet all the following criteria. CNAY cannot make exception to eligibility requirements.

  • Must be currently enrolled in high school grades 9-12;
  • Must identify as Indigenous and reside within the United States;
  • Must demonstrate connection to tribal culture and/or community; and
  • Must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program.


A complete application includes all of the following materials, which must be submitted online to CNAY by 11:59 Pacific Time on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

  • CNAY-Brown Summer Scholarship Application (submitted by student). Requires brief written responses to multiple prompts and transcript (unofficial transcripts acceptable).
  • Recommendation Form #1 (submitted online by recommender). 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 Brown Pre-College Summer Program of the applicant’s choice.
  • Recommendation Form #2 (submitted online by recommender). This form must be submitted by an instructor who teaches in a field closely related to the course the applicant hopes to take at Brown University. The recommender’s comments should describe the student’s knowledge of that field, overall intellectual curiosity, and assess the student’s qualification to engage in concentrated study. This recommendation should speak to the applicant’s potential to benefit from the experience at Brown.
  • Recommended (not required): High School Resume



  1. Students apply for the CNAY-Brown Summer Scholarship through CNAY’s online application forms.
  2. CNAY selects the top two scholarship recipients from the applicant pool.
  3. CNAY nominates the top two applicants for acceptance, Brown approves, and CNAY notifies the two accepted scholarship recipients.
  4. CNAY works closely with the two CNAY-Brown scholars to finalize the application through Brown’s application portal.


The CNAY-Brown Summer Scholarship covers the cost of housing, tuition, meals, coursework materials and other required student services for the duration of the summer program. Students must provide their own spending money for incidentals, souvenirs, recreational activities, class supplies (pens, paper, etc.) and textbooks where applicable.

*CNAY recommends setting aside $75-100 per week to cover expenses such as laundry, personal items, and transportation and fees for optional recreational activities around the city. We suggest contacting your tribal nation, school and other local organizations to raise money to help with travel and spending money.


Scholarship applicants may apply to attend one of the following three summer programs. Note: although a spot in the program is reserved for you, we cannot guarantee that you will be enrolled in your top course choice. Courses are filled on a rolling basis.

Summer@BrownChoose 1 Class from Multiple 1- to 4-Week Sessions. Program dates vary between June 17 – Aug 3.
Summer@Brown offers non-credit courses designed for students to experience college-level academics on an Ivy League campus. Reflecting Brown’s broad liberal arts curriculum, Summer@Brown features over 200 courses, designed and taught at the level of first-year college courses, requiring 3 hours of class per day with 2-3 hours of homework, and ranging in length from one to four weeks.

The Summer@Brown program is for students completing grades 9-12 and at least 15 years old by June 2018. Click here to explore course offerings.

Brown Leadership Institute:
Choose 1 Class from Multiple Two-Week Residential Sessions. Program dates are:
June 24 – July 6, 2018
July 8 – July 20, 2018
July 22 – Aug 3, 2018

The Brown Leadership Institute combines the development of socially responsible leadership with focused study on academic topics such as health, global development, social entrepreneurship, conflict resolution, and environmental justice. Students integrate their learning through course work, workshops on leadership styles, public speaking, active listening, and the development of an Action Plan project related to their school or home community.

The Brown Leadership Institute is for students completing grades 9-12 by June 2018, ages 15-18 by June 2018. Click here for course offerings.

Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) Rhode Island:

Choose 1 Class from Multiple Two-Week Residential Sessions. Program dates are:
July 1 – 12, 2018
July 15 – 26, 2018

Brown Environmental Leadership Labs (BELL) combines content in environmental advocacy, ecology, leadership, and field methods, with a mission of developing socially responsible leaders. BELL gives students the tools they need to create positive change on environmental issues facing their local communities and the planet. This summer, BELL: Rhode Island students will live and study at Whispering Pines Conference Center at the W. Alton Jones Environmental Education Center in West Greenwich, Rhode Island. Students will study causes and impacts of climate change and identify examples environmental resilience. Additionally, students will be encouraged and empowered to develop solutions to environmental issues occurring in their own communities.

BELL Rhode Island is for students completing grades 9-12, ages 15-18 by June 2018. Click here to learn more about BELL: Rhode Island.