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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, 2018

Program dates: July 1 – July 20, 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.

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?

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
  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 recieved 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 [email protected]; 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.




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