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  • Caminos al Futuro is a fully-funded summer scholarship program that engages high-achieving juniors (rising seniors) from U.S. high schools in a residential academic leadership development program at the George Washington University. This program is part of the Cisneros Hispanic Leadership Institute sponsored by GW alumnus Gilbert Cisneros and his wife, Jacki.This program seeks to cultivate leadership potential and scholarship in rising seniors who desire to shape issues impacting Hispanic and Latinx communities. Caminos al Futuro scholars will get a chance to examine the political, economic and social transformations impacting Hispanic and Latinx communities nationwide by:Conducting research, ­­­­­­content, and media analysesEngaging in collaborative projectsEngaging with leaders who help Hispanic and Latinx communities in the United StatesAttending site visits and performing community serviceA Cross-Disciplinary CourseParticipants enroll in an undergraduate course in which they will examine political, economic and social transformations impacting Hispanic and Latinx communities. Cross-disciplinary themes include political leadership and advocacy, civic engagement and public service, social entrepreneurship and change and international diplomacy. Students earn three undergraduate credits. College Success SeriesStudents will participate in co-curricular and social programs that prepare them for the admissions process and the college experience. The series includes sessions on the admission to selective colleges, college selection strategies, majors and careers, university resources, and the student experience.Experiential Leadership ProgramsThrough academic discourse, meetings with leaders and policy makers, service learning, and site visits around Washington, D.C., participants will develop an applied understanding of critical issues facing Hispanic and Latinx communities as they prepare for their roles as future leaders. Students will have the opportunity to visit places such as the United States Congress, the D.C. Mayor’s Office on Latino Affairs (OLA), the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, embassies, and national Hispanic organizations centered on issues of community, advocacy and culture. Participants will also have the opportunity to network at special events that connect them with GW’s community, mentors, and distinguished leaders in Washington, D.C.Social & Recreational OpportunitiesSummer in the nation’s capital is a one-of-a-kind experience. Participants will enjoy social events, trips, and activities during the evenings and weekends that will also include opportunities for students to engage with high school students participating in GW’s Pre-College programs. Students will have the opportunity to visit area sites such as the National Zoo, Smithsonian Institutions, the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, historic neighborhoods such as Georgetown and U Street, baseball games at Nationals Park and more.Outcomes- Leadership development and in-field activities with an intensive course focused on leadership across disciplines- Connections and networking with GW faculty, students, leaders and policy makers and access to the intellectual, government and international resources of the nation’s capital- Expanded opportunities for community-based involvement through service learning- An understanding of the college experience, career options, and strategies necessary for success at selective universities- Enhanced critical thinking, public speaking, persuasive writing, and advocacy skills- Three undergraduate credits, paid course and program-related activities, room, board, roundtrip airfare to Washington, D.C. and materials- Priority consideration for a Cisneros scholarship if admitted to GW

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  • Application Process:

    The application will lead you through all sections, which include:Personal information and session/program selectionEducational information, including an academic transcript (please include fall term grades)A 350-word statement of interest describing your interest in the program and how participation will assist you in achieving your college and career goals (scholarship students will be given different prompts related to their programs)Recommendation from teacher or guidance counselor (you will need to enter their name, email, and organization/institution)A completed application will include all application parts as well as:A letter of recommendationAn essay addressing the following prompt: In no more than 1000 words please describe what leadership means to you and how you have demonstrated leadership and/or service to the Hispanic and/or Latinx community. Additionally, what do you hope to get from the Caminos al Futuro program and how will the program help you achieve your long term goals?

  • Eligibility:

    high school junior at time of applicationstudents with record of service and leadership within Hispanic or Latinx communities, who desire to shape issues impacting Hispanic and Latinx communities