2019 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 session which will occur this year from June 17-June 20.

    This is an opportunity for students to build community with 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: Friday, April 12th


    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 scanned/emailed to

    or mailed to:

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

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  • First Step Summer Institute Session Logistics:

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

    Session: June 17- June 20th
  • 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