FAQ for Applicants

FAQ for Applicants

TASS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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 the 2020 TASSes is due on Monday, January 6, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern U.S. time. (Applications submitted by mail must have been postmarked on or before January 6.)

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. If you do not attend an American high school, and if your school’s academic year ends in the spring or early summer in the Northern Hemisphere, you should apply for the TASSes that will be offered two years before you expect to graduate from high school. Similarly, if you are home schooled, you should apply for the TASSes that will be offered two years before your expected graduation. We are happy to advise you on whether you are eligible to apply, especially if your academic calendar is substantially different from that of the United States, if you are in an unconventional academic program, or if other unusual circumstances cause you to be unsure of your eligibility. Please contact tass-queries for clarification.

Do I need to be nominated by my teacher?

No! We welcome applications from all students who meet our eligibility requirements, whether they have been nominated or not. Nominations are a way for us to reach students who might not have heard about Telluride Association. But your teachers might not have heard about us either! Nominated students receive a copy of our brochure and application form, but they are exactly the same as the digital versions here on our website. We don’t give any weight during our application review process to students who have been nominated.

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. 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.

How do I submit my essays online?

If you are submitting your application online, please be aware that you will need to copy and paste your essays into text boxes. Please insert an extra blank line between paragraphs and be aware that any special characters or formatting will not be preserved. We recommend that you write and proofread your essays in a word processor before you print or submit online your application. Please make sure to save your application between pages and between sessions.

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?

All high school sophomores with a demonstrated interest in critical Black and ethnic studies are encouraged to apply. We particularly encourage applications from African American students and other students of color. However, Telluride Association welcomes applications from all students who would benefit from and contribute to TASS.