Students posing for a picture in the Hope Academy

H.O.P.E. Academy

June 20 - June 30, 2018

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.

New for 2018

In addition to our general academic course offerings, this year’s program will feature a track for Aspiring Teachers of Color. The Aspiring Teachers of Color track is specifically designed for Minnesota students interested in teacher education who will be entering their 11th-12th grade years.


This year, you can apply online for H.O.P.E Academy.

To complete a paper application (PDF), you can print it from the website.

If you have any questions, please contact Robin Curran at 507.457.5263 or

Cost of Program

The cost of registration for the Academy is $50. Payment may be submitted by card if registering online or by check or money order if completing a paper application.

If you are accepted into the Aspiring Teachers of Color Program, your fee will be refunded due to the grant requirements of the program.

If you have any questions, please contact Robin Curran at 507.457.5263 or

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 ones own 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.