Students in engaging classroom discussion

June 11 – June 15, 2019

The purpose of the Black Issues Forum is to provide students an opportunity to demonstrate their written and oral communication skills and to enhance their leadership potential. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with university faculty, staff, and current students as they discuss and evaluate the important issues of today that affect the African American community at the local, state, national, and/or global level.


The application will open in February 2019.

Who should apply?

Students finishing their junior year in high school with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in a college prep curriculum are encouraged to apply. Strong applicants demonstrate involvement and leadership roles within school, family, or community activities

When to apply?

The deadline for submitting the BIF application, official high school transcript, and letter of recommendation is Tuesday, March 5, 2019.

Earn college coursework and more

  • Earn one college credit at no charge for the course “Blacks in Higher Education”
  • Participate in small peer group discussions of current issues affecting the African American community
  • Experience working in a university library and train in research methods
  • Interact with faculty, staff and currently enrolled students of Colorado State University
  • Reside in University residence halls
  • Take part in social activities, including:
    • Awards banquet
    • Recreation activities
    • An evening of cultural expression and open mic night

Earn a scholarship

Students who participate in Black Issues Forum and are admitted as freshmen to Colorado State University with a high school cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and meet specific course requirements may be eligible to receive the Partnership Award. Funds for this award are disbursed over four years of continuous enrollment at Colorado State University. If you have any questions, contact Assistant Director, Bobby Browning.

There is no cost to attend this program. Out-of-state students are responsible for the transportation costs to Colorado.

Students will be housed in the Colorado State University Residence Halls.

Questions about the program and the application process can be emailed to


The application for the 2019 program will open in February.