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The INSPIRE Campaign encourages Natives professionals to inspire aspirations among #Nativeyouth. We are committed to a life of public service, education & mentorship.

About the INSPIRE Pre-College Program

Application due: March 1, 2020

Program dates: 
June 29-July 17, 2020

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 2020 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.

INSPIRE scholarships are awarded to students based on evidence of academic ability, leadership potential, and an interest in public service. Students from all tribes and from every part of the United States are welcome to apply.

There is no application fee. The INSPIRE Pre-College Program is spearheaded by the Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) at (GW) and made possible by a generous contribution from AT&T.

What does the INSPIRE scholarship cover?

  • One course in Native Politics and the American Political System (3 undergraduate credit hours)
  • Room and board at GW
  • Airfare to and from Washington, D.C. (one round-trip ticket)
  • All required textbooks
  • Required local travel related to the course             

NOTE: While credit bearing courses are typically transferable to other institutions, please check specific university policies.

How to Apply?

All applicants need to create an online application. You will be asked to provide the following four (4) items: 

  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. Examples of documentation that may serve as proof of tribal enrollment or ancestry include:
    • Official Tribal Identification (Example: copy of a Tribal Enrollment card, Treaty fishing card, or Bureau of Indian Affairs document);
    • Certificate of Membership verification by the BIA, a tribal enrollment officer, or community official (in cases where a formal enrollment process does not exist);
    • Where the student is not a member, but a descendant: verification of member accompanied by birth certificates establishing heritage.
  4. Recommendation form completed by a teacher or counselor

All application materials must be received by March 1, 2020.

More information on how to apply can be found under the Admissions section of the website for the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics & Policy.

If you have questions please e-mail us at [email protected].



Dr. Waz

Dr. Waziyatawin, INSPIRE Program Director

Dr. Waziyatawin is a Dakota writer, teacher, and activist from the Pezihutazizi Otunwe (Yellow Medicine Village) in southwestern Minnesota.  She earned her Ph.D. in American History from Cornell University and has held tenured positions at Arizona State University and the University of Victoria where she also served as the Indigenous Peoples Research Chair in the Indigenous Governance Program. Currently, Waziyatawin is executive director of the Dakota nonprofit Makoce Ikikcupi, a reparative justice project supporting Dakota reclamation of homeland. Email: [email protected]

Former Faculty Members include:

INSPIRE Pre-College Program Flyer

Sample Student Schedule

Actual student schedules may vary.


Breakfast on Foggy Bottom


Class/Site Visit


Lunch on Foggy Bottom


Class/Site Visit


Independent or Group Study Sessions/ College Prep Workshops


Dinner on Foggy Bottom


Residential Events and Activities/Free Time


Program Activities and Off-campus Excursions