The Native American Scholars Program (NNASP)
The mission of Newman University includes the development of the intellect and spirit by providing educational experiences for career enhancement with special regard to persons who are disadvantaged. Newman implemented the NNASP in response to the national concern that the secondary school dropout rate for Native Americans is the highest compared to any other racial or ethnic group.
Designed to motivate Native American high school students to graduate high school and to earn a college degree, this program uses an investigative, hands-on integrated approach to teaching and learning. Like all of Newman's Scholars Programs, NNASP allows students to experience a college campus and learning environment in such a manner that college becomes a positive and familiar experience, thus positioning the students for a brighter future.
When students drop out of high school, they immediately limit their opportunities for professional success. Consequently, it is also far more likely that their own children will be at risk of not achieving a high school diploma, let alone a college degree. The NNASP strives to prepare scientifically literate Native American citizens while, at the same time, planting dreams of higher education and ultimately professional success.
How to Apply
- Complete the program application (online, download and mail a PDF, or call to request a paper app be mailed to you). Complete and submit all application materials by December 11, 2015.
- Mail or email a copy of your high school transcript
- Mail or email a 200 word essay explaining why you believe you would be a good fit for the Newman Hispanic Scholar Program
- See below for directions regarding where to mail or email your supplemental materials
- To strengthen pre-college science education and address the needs of students during the critical years when concepts and attitudes are developed.
- To make science a fun and exciting opportunity through an investigative laboratory approach.
- To increase the understanding of the relevance of science to Native American students.
- To increase interest and confidence in learning science through student-centered instruction.
- To help students graduate from high school by fostering independent scholarship, originality and competence in science.
- To broaden participants’ scientific interests and inform them of the need and opportunities for Native Americans in science and health professions.
Participants selected for the NNASP will receive one hour of college credit upon successful completion of the program free, valued at $831. A university identification card which permits access to the Dugan Library and Campus Center and learning/computer center(s), and allows for participation in extra-curricular activities on Newman's campus at no charge.
The program will run February 3 through April 27, 2016, with each class meeting each Wednesday, 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
- Inquiry based, interdisciplinary approach to learning
- Designed to match developmental needs of participants
- Faculty supervision through one-to-one or small group discussion
- Occasional guest speakers will discuss career options in science, humanities and health professions
The program also attempts to track participants’ continued enrollment in high school, academic progress in science, graduation from high school and acceptance to a university of higher education.
All supplemental application materials may be submitted to: