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.

  • APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

    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
    thefirststep@stkate.edu

    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.
  • TRANSCRIPT

    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