The University of Northern Colorado will host 60 high school students from low-income families in Denver and Greeley this week as part of a national program that helps students realize their - and their peers' - college potential.
The College Summit workshop June 6-9 on UNC's Greeley campus will help the students take steps toward starting a college education - something many of them previously considered an unattainable goal. They'll practice preparing a personal statement, fill out college applications, identify possible "good fit" colleges and learn about obtaining financial aid.
They'll also receive leadership skills training that will prepare them to serve as peer leaders when they return to high school this fall and help strengthen the schools' "college-going cultures" by showing classmates that the college application process isn't just for the most gifted or talented students.
The students will stay in a residence hall, eat in a campus dining hall and participate in sessions that give them a feel for a college setting. They'll be taught by staff from College Summit's regional office in Denver, UNC personnel, adult volunteers and alumni of the program, including UNC sophomore Noemy Rodriguez.
This is the first College Summit workshop hosted by UNC. It and Regis University are the only schools in Colorado currently participating in the program, which includes 180 high schools in 12 states.
College Summit, a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., involves more than 50,000 high school students annually.