2020 First Step Summer Institute
  • First Step Summer Institute is a FREE College-Readiness program for high school Indigenous women and women of color. A week-long two session program with the first session starting on June 15 through June 18 and session 2 on June 22-25th.

    This is an opportunity for students to build community with Indigenous women/women of color who share a commitment to pursue higher education. Students will gain a strong network of diverse, college-bound friends, support and encouragement from St. Kate’s staff, faculty and students, and increased confidence about their capacity to apply to and thrive in college.

  • APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday, April 12th at 11:59 P.M.


    1. Complete all sections of application.
    2. One recommendation should come from a current, academic teacher and the other from an adult not related to you and can speak about your personal qualities and interests/talents/skills.
    3. All materials must be completed:

    * Completed application
    * TWO recommendation forms
    * One transcript (Official or Unofficial) scanned/emailed to

    or mailed to:

    The MIPS Office
    Attn: Amal Warsame
    2004 Randolph Ave., F-29
    St. Paul, MN 55105
  • Personal Information:

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  • High School Information

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  • First Step Summer Institute Session Logistics:

    All accepted students will be living on campus four days and three nights. Living on campus for the duration of the program is mandatory.

    Session 1: June 15th- June 18th
    Session 2: June 22nd- June 25th
  • Short Answer Essays:

    Answer ALL of the following questions. Each Answer (per question) should be 5-8 sentences.
  • Personal Statement:

    Answer only ONE of the following group of questions. Your answer should be at LEAST ONE PAGE LONG, but no more than two pages.

    Please scan and email your transcript to thefriststep@stkate.edu prior to the deadline

    Or directly mail it to

    MIPS Office
    Attn: Amal Warsame
    2004 Randloph Ave., F-29
    St. Paul, MN 55105