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LEAD Summer Business Institute

The LEAD Summer Business Institute is a college preparatory program that introduces Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian high school students in their junior year to exciting careers in business and finance. Native students join other students from diverse communities and live on a college campus, take interactive courses taught by nationally renowned professors and attend corporate site visits. Last year, students attended programs at Dartmouth College, Duke University, and the University of Pennsylvania. In the past, students have also attended Stanford University.

In addition to taking classes in marketing, accounting, finance, economics and ethics, students also learn about the relevance of business, finance and economic development for Native communities. During this time, tribal leaders and Native people working in the financial services industry serve as motivational speakers and help students to understand how they can make an impact in their communities by pursuing careers in finance.

Who should apply?
The program is open to Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian high school juniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students should be in 11th grade during the 2013-2014 academic year.

How do I obtain an application?

Who do I contact to ask questions?
Please contact NAFOA with questions about the LEAD Summer Business Institute at: or 602-540-0736
We strongly encourage you to contact NAFOA to seek assistance with editing or developing your application.

What is the difference between the application on the NAFOA website and the application on the LEAD website?
Both applications are for the same program. However, NAFOA waives application fees, provides application assistance and scholarship assistance to Native American students, so it is important to use the application on the NAFOA website. The application on the LEAD website is for other students from diverse communities. It does not contain the financial aid form for Native American students. There is also an application fee to apply through LEAD.

What are the summer program dates?
Dartmouth: TBD
Duke: June 14th - July 3rd
University of Pennsylvania: July 6 – August 2

How much does the program cost?
Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students are eligible to apply for tuition and travel scholarships provided by the Native American Finance Officers Association. Tuition for the program is $1,250, not including transportation to and from the university and other program expenses. Last year, NAFOA awarded financial aid to more than 90 % of the students admitted to the program. Fill out the financial aid form included in the application. When possible, students should also plan to seek financial assistance from their tribe or other educational organizations. NAFOA will help coordinate assistance with other groups. Cost should not deter students from applying to the program.

Participating Schools
Dartmouth College - Hanover, New Hampshire
Duke University - Durham, North Carolina
University of Pennsylvania - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Where can I learn more about the LEAD Summer Business Institute?
Information about the LEAD Summer Business Institute < CLICK HERE >.

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