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Summer Program
Why apply to HOIST?
  • Engage in hands-on workshops, projects, and labs with university researchers and instructors.
  • Take classes with college instructors and become better prepared for the rigor of college courses.
  •  Experience the McCall Outdoor Science School and go on other trips.
  • Attend guest speaker events, workshops, and cultural events.
  • Receive a stipend and college scholarship opportunities.
  • Have fun and meet other HOIST students!

To be eligible, applicants must:
  • Be Native American high school students (must have completed the 9th grade).
  • Be interested in pursing post-secondary education and careers in the STEM fields
     (science, technology, engineering, math)
  • Have a strong interest in attending the University of Idaho.
Acceptance into the HOIST summer program is based on the following criteria:
  • GPA (2.8 minimum)*
  • Demonstrated interest and ability in the STEM fields
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A letter of interest and intent pertaining to involvement in HOIST
  • Demonstrated leadership

* Extenuating circumstances that prevent students from meeting this requirement
are taken into consideration.

What to Expect
  • A typical morning begins with hour-long math, science, and English classes.
    These classes are taught by qualified instructors and help prepare students for college-level courses.
  • After lunch, students spend the afternoon at their internship sites. In their internships,
    students work with university researchers on current projects.
  • During evenings and weekends, students visit local recreational and educational attractions;
    volunteer with local nonprofit organizations; and attend workshops, guest speakers, and
    cultural events.When no activities are planned, students have time to hang out and relax.
    The dormitory where they stay has board games, a lounge with a big-screen TV (great for movie nights!),
    a kitchen, and a computer lab. There are also basketball and volleyball courts
    and a huge grassy field right outside.
Summer Program Trips
Several trips are included in the summer program.
2013 trips: 
  • Salmon River Raft Trip (weekend trip)
  • McCall Outdoor Science School (4-day trip)
  • National Park Trip to a regional park  (week-long trip)

Students are awarded a stipend of up to $1200 upon program completion. Stipend amount
depends on academic and research performance, participation, and appropriate behavior.
The majority of the summer program is spent at the University of Idaho Moscow campus.
While in Moscow, students stay in a university dormitory and dine at campus cafeterias.
The dormitory is co-ed, though the floors are single-gender (either girls-only or guys-only),
and students stay in two-person rooms with one other HOIST student as a roommate.
During the raft trip, students stay in tents, and at MOSS they stay in cabins on
the shore of Payette Lake. Hotel accommodations will be provided in Seattle.
HOIST Mentors
Throughout the program, students are accompanied by HOIST Mentors.
The Mentors stay with students in the dormitory and chaperon all outings and trips.
Most HOIST Mentors are University of Idaho students, and all are First Aid/CPR certified.
HOIST College Scholarships
High school students who participate in the HOIST Summer Program are eligible
for HOIST scholarships at the University of Idaho once they begin college.
Thank you for your interest in HOIST!
Please contact us with any questions or comments!

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