Michigan Indian Leadership Program

The Michigan Indian Leadership Program (MILP) is a one-week summer experience co-sponsored by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education at MSU.

APPLY by April 12, 2019, for MILP with the linked application (PDF). NOTE: Late applications will be considered on a space available basis or be placed on the waiting list.

What is MILP?

MILP is designed to give Native American youth in grades 8-12 the opportunity to experience college life and explore the many exciting educational opportunities available at Michigan State University as well as the many career opportunities available in the agricultural, food sciences, natural resources and related fields.

Although the program is not limited to Native American youth, the program content is based on issues of relevance to Native American students.

Who participates in MILP?

MILP is designed primarily for Native American youth entering grades 8-12 and other students with a strong interest and involvement in Native American culture and community. The program is open to 30 participants annually.

What will I do as a MILP participant?

Daily activities include academic, social and cultural presentations. The mornings consist of SAT test preparation and afternoons consist of tours and presentations by different MSU colleges.

Evening activities include social time, cultural presentations and traditional arts such as black ash basket making, pottery and porcupine quill work. Activities are facilitated by current Native American undergraduate students, faculty, staff and elders and artisans from across the state.

MILP participants live on campus in university residence halls and eat meals in the dining hall. Like many college students on campus, you will do lots of walking every day.

MILP strives to encourage healthy relationships between students and role models within the community.

How much does it cost?

Students participate in MILP free of charge. The program is supported by CANR, the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and a number of other public and private agencies and corporations. Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the MSU campus.

When does the program begin?

Program dates: July 14-19, 2019

Application deadline: April 12, 2019

NOTE: Late applications will be considered on a space available basis or be placed on the waiting list.

How do I apply for MILP?

To apply, submit the following completed items:

  1. MILP student application (PDF)
  2. Essay question
  3. An official transcript (including classes in progress)

Applications are available for downloading, via email or phone. If you plan to download the application, make sure your computer has Adobe Reader.

If requesting an application by email please, place in the subject heading of your email "Requesting MILP Application" and include your name, email address and mailing address in the body of the email to chaus@msu.edu.

If requesting an application by phone, please call 517-355-0234 and inform the CANR representative that you would like to request a MILP application.

You will receive a confirmation email that your application has been received. If you do not receive a confirmation within a week of submission, there was an issue with your application submission and you should contact Stephanie Chau.

Please send all materials to:

Stephanie Chau
446 West Circle Drive, Room 121
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Fax: 517-355-8364

Statement for Disability Inclusion

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, service and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting Stephanie Chau by April 13, 2019. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible. More information is available through the MSU Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities.

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