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The Michigan Indian Leadership Program (MILP) is a one-week summer experience co-sponsored by Michigan State University’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) and the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education. MILP is designed to give Native American youth in grades 8-12 the opportunity to experience college life and explore the many exciting educational opportunities available at Michigan State University as well as the many career opportunities available in the agricultural, food sciences, natural resources and related fields. Although the program is not limited to Native American youth, the program content is based on issues of relevance to Native American students.

Who can participate in MILP?

MILP is designed primarily for Native American youth entering grades 8-12 and other students with a strong interest and involvement in Native American culture and community. The program is open to 30 participants annually.

As a MILP participant, what will I do?

Daily activities include academic, social and cultural presentations. The mornings consist of SAT test preparation and afternoons consist of tours and presentations by different MSU colleges.

Evening activities include social time, cultural presentations, and traditional arts such as black ash basket making, pottery and porcupine quill work. Activities are facilitated by current Native American undergraduate students, faculty, staff, as well as elders and artisans from across the state.

You will live in University residence halls and enjoy the campus dining halls for meals. Like many college students on campus, you will do LOTS of walking every day.

MILP strives to encourage healthy relationships between students and role models within the community.

How much does it cost?

Students participate in MILP free of charge. The program is supported by CANR, the Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education and a number of other public and private agencies and corporations. However, participants are responsible for providing their own transportation to and from the MSU campus.

How do I apply for MILP?

To apply for MILP, you should submit the following completed items:

  1. MILP student application
  2. Essay question
  3. An official transcript (including classes in progress)

Applications are available for downloading, via email or phone. If requesting an application by email please place in the subject heading of your email “Requesting MILP Application” and include your name and address in the body of the email Stephanie Chau at chaus@msu.edu. If requesting an application by phone, please call 517-355-0234 and inform the CANR representative that you would like to request an MILP application. The updated application is usually available for download in January of each year.

Download an application here.

Application deadline is April 30, 2015. Letters of acceptance or denial into the program will be mailed out by June 1, 2015. 


Ms. Stephanie Chau
446 West Circle Dr, Rm 121 
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824

Email | (517) 355-0234