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The Telluride Association Summer Seminars (TASS) are six-week educational experiences for high school sophomores and juniors. We offer two programs:

  • TASS in Critical Black Studies
  • TASS in Anti-Oppressive Studies

Students may only apply to one program per year. Both programs are open to both sophomores and juniors.

Participants in TASS will attend a college-level, discussion-based academic seminar, develop critical reading and writing skills, and explore the principles and practice of democratic community living. We cover all program costs for every student, including tuition, books, room and board, field trips, and facilities fees. Students may apply for additional financial aid for travel costs and to replace earnings from summer jobs.

TASS-CBS • CBS applications are now closed.

TASS-CBS (Critical Black Studies) was one of the first summer programs in the country to offer seminars in Critical Black Studies to high school students. These college-level, discussion-based courses explore topics within history, politics, literature, art, and other intellectual and cultural contributions from people of African descent.



TASS-AOS • AOS applications are now closed.

TASS-AOS (Anti-Oppressive Studies) offers seminars in Humanities and Social Studies using anti-oppressive and anti-racist frameworks. These courses examine topics in literature, history, art, and other disciplines to investigate how white supremacy and other forms of power shape social structures.


TADAS Scholarship • TADAS applications are now closed.

The 2020 Telluride Association Convention established the TASS Alumni Development and Support (TADAS) Scholarship in honor of the former Telluride Administrative Director Ellen Baer’s twenty years of service to the Telluride Association and commitment to TASS participants. The purpose of this scholarship is to offer targeted support to alumni of our TASS program beyond high school and throughout their higher educational endeavors. The TADAS scholarship is part of our broader commitment to combating educational inequity, through providing resources otherwise inaccessible or unaffordable to some of our alumni.  

In 2022, we are offering up to twenty scholarships in the amount of up to $5,000 each to be awarded to TASS alumni who are undertaking a program of post-secondary study. These scholarships are designed to make higher education more affordable and accessible to our TASS alumni.



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