INSPIRE Native American Political Leadership Program Pre-College Application

Program dates: July 1 – July 202018 | Application deadline: March 1, 2018

The INSPIRE Pre-College Program is a full scholarship open to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian rising junior and senior high school students, including 2018 anticipated graduates, who want to spend 3-weeks on the George Washington University (GW) campus to learn about  intergovernmental relations between tribal governments and the federal government. The program is a full-day experiential undergraduate course, Native Politics and the American Political System taught by GW faculty, which will offer opportunities for students to meet and interview influential Native advocates who work in Washington, D.C.

As an added bonus, INSPIRE students live on campus and participate in recreational programs with the community of high school students enrolled in GW Pre-College programs.  Learn More

How to apply?

We encourage you to submit your application through our online system. The following list contains required supporting documents that may be submitted seperately:

  1. 350 Word Essay – Please write your essay stating why you are interested in the INSPIRE Pre-College Program and what you hope to learn. Indicate what type of career you want to pursue in public service or politics. How do you currently serve your community or how do you want to serve your community in the future?
  2. High School Transcript
  3. Proof of Tribal Enrollment or Ancestry
  4. Recommendation form completed by a teacher or counselor

All application materials must be received by March 1, 2018. We offer a wide variety of convenient ways for you to submit the required documents. You may submit the required documents by:

  • Attaching the documents to the online application; or
  • Emailing digital copies to; or
  • Faxing copies to 202-994-8471; or
  • Mailing copies to The Native American Political Leadership Program at the George Washington University, Attn: CIPP: INSPIRE Pre-College Program, 805 21st NW, Suite 301 Washington, DC 20052.

Need a hard copy of the INSPIRE Pre-College Program’s application?  Print it here.