Telluride Association is pleased to invite you to apply for a place in the 2020 Telluride Association Sophomore Seminars! TASS aims to prepare students for a life of leadership and public service through an intense education in critical Black and ethnic studies, democratic self-governance, and community living. All students attend our program on full scholarships. Additional need-based travel and work replacement scholarships are also available. While TASS welcomes applications from high school sophomores of all backgrounds, students from historically underrepresented groups—especially African Americans and those from financially disadvantaged backgrounds—are particularly encouraged to apply. You have received this mailing because a teacher, counselor, or someone else who knows you thinks that you meet the high standards required of those applicants admitted to our program.
The most important part of your application is your responses to the essay questions. However, the background information and short answers also provide important context for us when reading your application. Your application will be judged not only on your demonstrated talents and abilities, but also on your potential for future development and how TASS can contribute to that development. We hope you find the experience of writing the essays and short answers personally challenging and educationally rewarding. We promise a careful reading of whatever you submit. Roughly one-quarter of those who apply are invited for interviews, and about half of the applicants interviewed will be offered places in our 2020 program.
We encourage applicants to apply online, if possible. The online application and more information about the programs—including descriptions of the seminars offered this year—can be found at tass.tellurideassociation.org. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on Monday, January 6, 2020. Answers to some of the most common questions about the application and the program can be found at tellurideassociation.org/tass_faq. If you have further inquiries, please direct them to email@example.com or call 607.273.5011 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. EST.
We hope you will decide to apply for this life-changing educational experience!