Haskell Summer Bridge Program

Welcome to the Haskell Summer Bridge Program in Literature website!

The dates for this year’s session are June 18 to July 8, 2017.

To apply to the Summer Bridge Program in Literature:

Click here to apply online.

Or, click here for a fillable PDF application form.

What is the Haskell Summer Bridge Program in Literature?

The Haskell Summer Bridge Program in Literature is a program aimed at giving additional support to incoming first-time college students by offering an intensive three-week program on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus. Students who are in need of strengthening their reading and writing skills will spend time learning how to read critically and how to participate in class discussion at the college level, from the same faculty who teach these subjects during the regular school year. Students will also get a crash course in the general knowledge and skills needed to succeed in college.

The Summer Bridge Program extends beyond the classroom, however. Students will also receive advising, academic coaching, and personal tutoring from Haskell faculty and staff. Finally, to orient students to the community, they will be living in for the next several years, there will be events and field trips introducing them to the opportunities that Lawrence and its surrounding areas offer.

How can the Summer Bridge Program help me?

Our program is called the Summer Bridge Program because it is meant to “bridge” the gap between high school and college. This can be a big adjustment for students to make, and this program aims to make that transition easier by preparing recently graduated high school seniors to enter their new role as first-year college students.

Studies have also shown that students who successfully complete a summer bridge program like this one are more likely to successfully complete the related required courses in their first two years. This means students who complete the Summer Bridge Program will be more likely to complete the required English courses for their degree in a timely manner.

Other benefits include:

  • Gaining college credits that may reduce the time it takes to get your degree;
  • Fulfilling one of the required courses towards graduation;
  • Getting a head start on understanding how the Haskell campus works;
  • Establishing relationships with the faculty and staff that you will work with during your Haskell career;
  • Getting to know some of your fellow incoming first-year students;
  • And generally developing the skills you will need to be a successful college student.

Our goal is that when students complete this program, they will be prepared for whatever their first year of college throws at them!

Who is eligible for the Summer Bridge Program?

In order to be eligible for the Summer Bridge Program, you will first need to apply and be accepted to Haskell as a student for the fall 2017 semester. The Summer Bridge Program is for first-time, first-year students in need of developmental work in reading and writing.

How do I join the program?

If you are admitted to Haskell and meet the eligibility criteria, you may be selected for the Summer Bridge Program. The first step will be to apply to Haskell through the Admissions office. You can find their website with application form here. Make sure to send in all the required documents, so Admissions can make their decision quickly.

Once you’ve turned in your application for admission to Haskell, fill out the Summer Bridge Program application at the top of this page. If you use the online form, you’re done and in the running as soon as you submit it! If you use the fillable PDF, please e-mail the completed form to jrodriguez@haskell.edu or tracy.pargeets@bie.edu, or send it via postal mail to Dr. Joseph Rodriguez, Acting Dean of Humanities, 155 Indian Ave., Lawrence, KS 66046.

How much does it cost?

Nothing! Thanks to a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, your housing, meals, and tuition for the program will be fully covered. You will only be responsible for your travel costs to and from Lawrence, Kansas. Participation will not affect your regular financial aid during the school year.

What can I do if I still can’t afford the travel costs?

You may still have options! Check with the education department for your tribe; many will have scholarships or fellowships that can be applied to opportunities like the Summer Bridge program. There are non-tribal scholarships out there that can be used for summer programs as well. Other people who may be able to help or may be able to direct you to other ways to meet these costs include tribal elders, school counselors, teachers, and, of course, your parents or guardian.

We look forward to seeing you this summer! The dates for the 2017 Haskell Summer Bridge Program are June 18 to July 8. For more detailed information about the Haskell Summer Bridge Program, contact Dr. Joseph Rodriguez, Acting Dean of Humanities and the Haskell Summer Bridge Program Coordinator, at jrodriguez@haskell.edu or (785) 832-6678.

The Haskell Summer Bridge Program in Literature is made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities

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