Overview

The INSPIRE Pre-College Program is a fully funded, 3-week summer immersion program that provides Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian high school students with the opportunity to explore federal-tribal relations in Washington, D.C. 

Through university-level coursework and site visits across the capital, students gain a better understanding of the U.S. political system, Indigenous advocacy, and tribal sovereignty while earning 3 college credits from the George Washington University.

INSPIRE scholars receive full scholarships for tuition, room & board, textbooks, round-trip travel to Washington, D.C., and local travel related to their coursework. Funding is made possible by generous contributions from AT&T and grants from the AT&T Foundation.

The city is your classroom– INSPIRE scholars live on GW's Mount Vernon Campus and have the opportunity to explore the nation’s capital through course-related site visits and recreational activities with students from other GW Summer Programs.

Scholars earn three undergraduate credits with the full-day, experiential course titled “Native Politics and the American Political System," which introduces students to Federal-Tribal relations and the interactions between Indigenous interests, politics, and law.

INSPIRE scholars complete individual and group research projects on policy issues affecting Indigenous communities.

INSPIRE introduces students to the coursework and campus lifestyle they can expect in college. They also meet with higher education professionals to learn about other scholarships and resources.

Scholars travel across the city to meet with influential Indigenous activists, federal employees, politicians, and other advocates for Indian Country.

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