The First Step Summer Institute at St. Catherine University seeks high school women of color to attend a free one-week college immersion program. An overview of the program and eligibility requirements follow, for an application deadline of May 5, 2014. See below for additional details and pleasure consider sharing this information with your networks.
FIRST STEP SUMMER INSTITUTE
- Work and live with 25 other fun and energetic young women of color, all of whom are striving to go to college.
- Observe college classes and ask important questions of St. Kate’s students, faculty, and staff.
- Build a deeper sense of community and leadership skills with the help of team-building activities.
- Attend a variety of workshops that are packed with invaluable information. Topics covered include:
- applying for financial aid
- choosing a major/career
- tips for taking the ACT exam
- how to write a personal statement
- college money/debt management
- Work with your peers on a group project designed to foster your skills and prepare you for college living.
- Qualified alumna of First Step who apply and are accepted to St. Kate’s will be considered for scholarships.
- First Step is completely free to students and families.
Skills you will develop
- Time, money, stress and conflict management
- Goal setting
- Problem solving
- Active listening
- Accountability to yourself and to others
- Written and verbal communication
- Identify as a woman of color
- Students must currently be enrolled in the 10th or the 11th grade and have at least a 2.75 grade point average (GPA)
- Be interested in higher education
- Demonstrate a willingness to make First Step your first priority
- Complete the 2014 First Step application
- Download and complete the First Step application »
- Obtain two letters of recommendation. One recommendation should come from a current teacher and the other from an adult who can speak honestly about your personal qualities and interests, talents, and skills.
- Submit your most recent official transcript or grade report.
- Your most recent official transcript and two letters of recommendation should be sent directly from your high school or recommender in a sealed envelope.