Welcome to the Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page! Here, you can find answers to questions we commonly encounter. This page will be updated periodically during the application cycle.
When is the application due?
The online application for 2013 TASS is due on Tuesday, January 8, 2013
, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern U.S. time. (Applications submitted by mail should be postmarked on January 7.)
Who is eligible to apply?
All current high school sophomores (tenth grade) are eligible to apply for the program. You do not need to be a United States citizen to apply, nor do you need to go to an American high school. We are able to be somewhat flexible about who counts as a "high school sophomore" for eligibility purposes. If you are homeschooled, go to a school which does not use the usual American grade system, have skipped or repeated a grade, or have some other situation where you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you prefer a particular method of applying?
Glad you asked! We encourage applicants to use the online application if possible. This makes it easier for us to process your application once it is submitted and helps ensure your information is accurately entered into our system. Best of all, you get a few extra days to proof-read your essays! Of course, if it is not possible for you to apply online it is still acceptable to submit a paper application, and you will not be penalized for doing so.
Can international students apply?
Yes. Almost every year there are a few international participants in TASS, and in recent years, TASSers have come from as far away as Turkey and Brazil. However, each program maintains a clear focus on African American studies, and it is important that participants be curious about and eager to study the histories, politics, and cultural experiences of people of African descent.
Is it possible to participate in both TASS and TASP?
Many participants in TASS go on to participate in TASP the following summer. Applying to TASS does not affect your eligibility for TASP.
Who should apply?
TASS traditionally targets students from underprivileged and historically underrepresented groups, but membership in such a group is not a requirement for program participation. All students who can demonstrate an interest in African American studies through their written application are invited to apply.