Telluride Association Sophomore Seminars

High School Sophomores: African American students, sophomores from other historical minorities, or sophomores with an interest in African American studies are encouraged to apply.

Telluride Association Sophomore Seminars are 6-week college level seminars on varying topics.  Telluride works with university faculty to create courses designed to inspire young people to pursue their interests in the histories and cultural experiences of peole of African descent, and other topics that address diversity in society. 

Students live together in a residence hall at the host school and participate in a 3-hour seminar each weekday.  Students complete reading, writing and oral-presentation assignments with assistance from college-age tutors. 

Students also attend cultural events including plays, concerts and dances; work on their public-speaking skills; explore the host institution; and forge friendships with other bright, highly-motivated students. 

Students sharpen important academic skills, improve reading, writing, speaking, critical thinking and computer skills.  No grades are assigned and no college credits are given. 

The program is completely free, and a student may be offered a stipend of up to $500 to replace summer work earnings to allow a student to attend. 

Application:  request an application by mail, download it from the site, or apply online at 

The mailing address is: 
Administrative Director
Telluride Association
217 West Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone:  607-273-5011

Applications must be postmarked by January 7, 2011, or submitted online by January 10, 2011. 

Students who are selected for interviews will need to request a transcript and letter of recommendation immediately following notification from Telluride in early march.  Further instructions will be given at that time. 

Eligible sophomores are strongly excouraged to consider application for this experience.  It's a wonderful way to improve academic skills and broaden your experience.