Dear Salamanca Student,
This summer Salamanca will be offering a new program to all of our Native American students. College Horizons is a non-profit organization that supports the higher education of Native American students by providing college and graduate admissions workshops to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students/participants from across the nation.
College Horizons is a pre-college program for Native American high school students open to current sophomores and juniors. Each summer students work with college counselors and college admissions officers in a five-day "crash course." The program helps students select colleges suitable for them to apply to, get admitted to, and receive adequate financial aid.
During the program students will research their top 10 schools, write college essays, and complete a resume, the common Application, and their preliminary FAFSA. They will also receive interviewing skills, test taking strategies for the ACT/SAT, and get financial aid and scholarship information.
The national Native American high school graduation rate is 51%. Of those, approximately 5% proceed directly to four-year colleges and only 10% of those students graduate in four years. Of the 2,800 Native high school students served by College Horizons, 99% have been admitted to college, 95% matriculate onto a four-year institution, and 85% have graduated college in four-to-five years!
Contact/ Next Steps:
Contact your counselor for more information on applying
Mr. Parisi- Native American Counselor 8-12
Mrs. Moynihan- School Counseling Intern
Hello Students! The following message was sent out last Friday - we're re-sending it now in case some of you missed it over the weekend. In addition, here is a link to a recorded online presentation that we made about College Horizons and our application process. Be sure to watch this if you or your parents are on the fence about applying to our program this summer or are still wondering what our program is for. Click here to view the webinar recording. Be in touch with any questions you might have and good luck - you can do it!
Dear College Horizons Applicants,
Thank you for taking the first steps towards applying to this summer's College Horizons program! If you're still working on the application, this message comes as a friendly reminder and encouragement to complete it in the coming weeks. We are thrilled to be able to offer 300 slots for students to attend this year's program and we are eager to fill them all! Don't miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity to dream up your path to college with 100 other Native students like you.
The deadline is February 5, which leaves you plenty of time to put your best foot forward. However, if you miss our deadline this year, we will continue to accept applications until February 28 OR until our programs are full - whichever comes first. As always, on-time applicants will receive priority review.
If you haven't reviewed the Application Instructions please do so now. Inside you will find all necessary links to the Student Application, Teacher Recommendation, Counselor Recommendation, Parent Financial Summary, waivers, and the all important application checklist! If you need a step-by-step plan, please use our Complete Your App in 9 Days handout for a day-by-day guide to tackling the various pieces.
Lastly, if you are concerned about the cost of our application fee or application deposit, we invite you to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505-401-3854 to discuss options. We don't want financial difficulties to prevent you from applying! Please contact us with any questions you may have.
Sending you good wishes and energy as you finish up!
Cheering you on from afar,
The College Horizons Team