NC State
Pre-College Programs

Native Education Forum

The Native Education Forum (NEF) is a pre-college summer preparation program for rising high school juniors and seniors that presents future scholars to opportunities within and around higher education while reinforcing cultural identity and community ties.

During the summer 2021 program, students will participate in virtual workshops to learn about university student life, engage in topics as they relate to the American Indian/Native American community and higher education, and receive assistance with the college application and financial aid process.

The Native Education Forum will take place from June 14 to June 25, 2021. A full schedule of events will provided upon acceptance to the program.

The Native Education Forum is for you if you:

  • Are a rising 11th or 12th grade student that identifies as Native American/American Indian or has an interest in Native American/American Indian culture
  • Have a cumulative unweighted GPA of a 3.4 or higher or are in the top 15% of your class
  • Are interested in pursuing higher education
  • Are a leader in your school, family and/or community

Apply for Native Education Forum (NEF)

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 16. Selected participants will be notified by email on Friday, April 30.

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Contact Justin Richardson if you have any questions at or 919-515-1956.


Program Highlights

“NEF gives students a feel for college life, while also paving a path for them to make it their reality. As a former participant and mentor of the program, I can attest to the countless opportunities the program provides students each year. For me, it was a way to connect with other Native students, learn more about my culture and explore the resources at NC State.” – Jessica Jones, Current NC State Student
“NEF is a way for the university to build relationships with tribal communities. It allows us to show the youth the benefits of getting a higher education, so they can continue to help our communities grow.” – Justin Richardson, Assistant Director, Undergraduate Admissions

Resources for Native American Students

Multicultural Student Affairs

Native American Student Affairs

Native American Student Association

University Housing: Native Space

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Drum Group – Miskwá Waya

NC State Powwow