Applications open for new programs for top students

RBC I Colorado Student Leaders Institute (COSLI), a summer residential program for the best and brightest high school students in the state, has released the application for its inaugural session.

COSLI, an affiliate of the National Conference of Governor’s Schools, will run July 11 to Aug. 7 at the University of Colorado Denver on the Auraria campus.
Governor’s schools have enjoyed success since 1963, starting in North Carolina and spreading to 25 states. Colorado’s program was created by Senate Bill 290 in the 2015 Colorado legislative session.
Sponsors Sen. Nancy Todd (D-Aurora) and Rep. Jim Wilson (R-Salida), both former educators, shepherded this program through the Legislature with bi-partisan support.
In Colorado, COSLI represents a blue ribbon private-public partnership. The Daniels Fund, based in Denver, has generously supported the initial year with a significant grant to allow the release of state funds necessary to fund this summer’s program.
Students accepted to participate in COSLI earn three hours of college credit and complete three comprehensive projects related to entrepreneurship, leadership, citizenship and academic development. Each student also completes a Colorado centric National History Day project, appropriate for competition.
The mission of COSLI states that it “is an academic summer residential program for high school students who are working to become quality leaders and who promote and inspire a strong United States of America. COSLI seeks to reinforce the importance of civic engagement, entrepreneurship, responsibility, accountability, ethics and integrity in the rising generation of American Leaders.”
You can find out more at www.costudentleaders.org or by contacting Executive Director Celeste Archer at celeste.archer@costudentleaders.org .