H.O.P.E. Academy 2015 students together in front of the Kryzsko Commons solarium.

H.O.P.E. Academy - June 20 - July 1, 2017

Harnessing Opportunities for Post-Secondary Education Academic and Leadership Academy

The H.O.P.E. Academy is a ten-day summer residential program for male and female high school students in 9th-12th grade. The purpose of the Academy is to provide underrepresented and underserved students with a life-changing opportunity to experience real college life by engaging them in college-level courses and workshops to develop & explore their leadership skills.

In addition to academic courses, the Academy offers leadership training and communication and interpersonal skill building activities that will help students and their families, move beyond the financial, social and academic barriers-- both factual and presumed, toward the realization of an engaged and successful undergraduate college experience.

H.O.P.E. Academic & Leadership Academy will challenge each male and female student to gain a new perspective on his or her humanity by providing theoretical and practical information necessary for the development of well-informed decision-making and judgment aptitude for present and future life challenges.

Through the Academy, it is our utmost hope that students realize how intellect, integrity, courage, respect, passion, and leadership are true building blocks for future academic and personal success. The H.O.P.E. Academy is an exhilarating experience that students will consider life-changing.


The vision is to provide 9th through 12th grade underrepresented and underserved female and male students with an opportunity to experience life on a college campus, by engaging them in relevant academic coursework & classes, and motivational & informational workshops and forums. Our goal is to provide classes, programs and activities that are responsive to the real academic, financial, motivational, race, gender, and educational barriers to post secondary access, success, and life-long opportunities.

Applications for H.O.P.E. Academy are accepted until May 26 or until student maximum is reached. Please make sure to fill out the W9 Form (PDF) also with your application. There is a $50.00 fee for the application.

If you have any questions, please contact Ne'Angela Scott at NScott@winona.edu or Robin Curran at RCurran@winona.edu for more information. 

Undergraduate students in good academic standing (according to university policy) and with at least 24 or more credits are eligible to apply to be a H.O.P.E. academy mentor. Students receive a stipend of $200 plus all meals; including free room & board during eight-day Academy. Interested students may download the mentor position description (PDF) and the mentor application form (PDF) and submit it to the Inclusion & Diversity Office. Available until filled. 

As a volunteer you will get to interact & mentor H.O.P.E. Academy students; clean & set up during workshops/programs; tutor students on classes; etc. Interested undergraduate students may download and fill out the volunteer application form (PDF) and submit to the Inclusion & Diversity Office. Available until filled.

If you have any questions, please contact Ne'Angela Scott at NScott@winona.edu.