100 Black Men of Omaha’s Mentee, Cayden Cribbs, a sophomore at Mount Michael Benedictine High School has been awarded a full scholarship to the 2016 Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS) at the University of Michigan, “In Search of Identity Performance of Blackness and Representations of Gender and Sexuality. ” This six-week-long educational program is centered around a college level seminar for gifted and highly motivated high school sophomores.
Admission to TASS is highly selective. Teachers and guidance counselors first nominate promising students for candidacy to TASS. After completing a rigorous four-essay application and submitting an academic recommendation and transcript, TASS finalists are selected from the already competitive group of applicants. Each candidate receives a personal interview by an associate or member of the Telluride Association board, after which a central committee selects the scholarship recipients. TASS Scholars enjoy free tuition, room and board, and books at the seminar for which they are selected.
Telluride Association is an independent not-for-profit educational organization which has offered Summer Programs to high school juniors of exceptional promise since 1954. This is the 24th year of Telluride’s Sophomore Seminar. Educators wishing to nominate a student for the 2017 TASS are encouraged to visit the Telluride Association website at www.tellurideassociation.org.