College Horizons

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

College Horizons is an annual pre-college worksho for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian high school sophomores and juniors. The 2020 host site is Emory University in Atlant, GA from June 27 - July 3, 2020.

To be eligible for the program, each student must:

  • Be American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian (You will need to provide a copy of relevant state/federal enrollment documentation or from the Ho'oulu Hawaiian Data Center or Office of Hawaiian Affairs

  • Be a current sophomore or junior in high school

  • Have a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA (in core academic courses, not electives)

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States

  • Submit a completed application packet by the deadline.