Whitman admission office hosts College Horizons program June 27-July 1

Thursday, Jun 25, 2009

            The Whitman College Office of Admission is hosting College Horizons, an annual, nationwide pre-college summer program for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian high school students, from June 27 to July 1.  

             College Horizons, which is based in Albuquerque, N.M., coordinates workshops each summer at colleges around the country. This summer marks the third time the program has been hosted at Whitman, said Anne Thatcher, assistant director of admission. “This program provides one of the most amazing opportunities that Whitman sponsors,” said Thatcher. “These students will go on to be successful leaders who make a difference in their communities, and it’s an honor for Whitman to have the opportunity to host College Horizons again.” Yale University hosted a College Horizons workshop earlier this month. 

              The program at Whitman this year will host 77 Native American high school juniors and sophomores representing 33 tribal nations, and Native Hawaiians from 14 states and more than 56 high schools throughout the country, said Thatcher. Eight of the students are from Washington State, representing nine tribal nations including Spokane, Makah, Jamestown S’Klallam, Colville Confederated, Blackfeet, Yakama, Nooksack and Tuscarora. 

               Working alongside the students will be faculty members from 35 college and university admissions offices, and 25 guidance counselors. Also available to work with the students are essay specialists, American Indian educators, and partner organizations including the College Board, Princeton Review Foundation, American Indian Graduate Center and Futures for Children. 

              When students finish the five-day workshop, they will have completed the common application, a college essay and résumé, and have a list of 10 colleges to which they can apply, test preparation strategies, a preliminary FAFSA analysis and an understanding of financial aid. 

             “This program not only provides direct service to students and their families on college access, but also contributes to the building of Native Nations through education,” said Carmen Lopez, executive director of College Horizons and citizen of the Navajo Nation. “We are excited to have Whitman College host our program. The college is investing in the future of Indian Country, and we are proud to partner with Whitman.” 

              For more information about College Horizons, please visit www.collegehorizons.org, or call (505) 401-3854 or e-mail info@collegehorizons.org

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Contact: Lenel Parish, Whitman College News Service, (509) 527-5156

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Anne Thatcher, Assistant Director of Admission, (509) 522-4425; thatcac@whitman.edu