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PATHS Application for Summer 2022 is now open.

First generation, underrepresented, or undocumented students (with or without DACA) whose sights are set on higher education.

Student must be:

  • Rising 9th graders (student must currently be in 8th grade and will be going into 9th grade this fall)
  • First generation college student (none of your parents have gone to college in the US)
  • Any citizen status including DREAMer (student with or without DACA)
  • Committed to finishing high school
  • Ready to participate in all four years of PATHS from 9th grade to the end of your 12th grade year

What participation means:

We are so excited that you are interested in the PATHS course! Before applying you should know you must be committed to attend the following for every year you are in High school:

  • Weeklong day camp at the University of Utah
    • You will spend the week getting to know your peers through fun activities. We will also prepare you to be successful in high school by working on your writing and research skills, and teaching you how to manage the social dynamics of high school.*
  • Engagement activities and workshops throughout the school year
    • Catch up with your camp friends through fun cultural and community service orientated activities.
*This year there will be no overnight camp, but expect to attend overnight camp in future years!

Participation in the PATHS program requires a one-time fee of $15. PATHS provides lunch and transportation to and from the University of Utah. The overnight program is also covered in this fee. If this fee is an issue please let the PATHS team know.

PATHS is able to support students through the generous donations of Youth Education’s Parent Club, the support of Continuing Education, and through individual donations.

Online Application:

The application includes questions that will help us get to know you better and tells us why you want to join PATHS. A committee will review each application and admit students based on the quality of the application(which includesthe answers to the written questions) and based on need.

Preference will be given to students who are first generation and who are able to attend the both weeks of camp.

Before You Begin the Application:

The most important part of the application are the essay questions. This is for us to get to know you better and learn why you're interested in joining PATHS. The more you can tell us about yourself the better chance you have to get into the program! Please take the time to provide thoughtful and detailed answers. *Students will be admitted into this program based on the quality of their answers.


Please be prepared to write at minimum 3-4 sentences per question. We highly encourage you to prepare these answers ahead of time so that you can copy and paste them into your application.

  1. Explain why you want to join the PATHS program:
  2. Tell us about your commitment to finishing high school and how the PATHS program can help you graduate:
  3. What are your goals once you graduate from high school?
  4. How do you describe yourself to someone who doesn’t know you?
  5. Tell us about a struggle or challenge you have faced in life, and how you overcame it:
  6. Who has been the biggest influence in your life, and why?

Apply here for the PATHS Program at the following link:    Apply Now  

Para la versión en español, haga clic aquí:    Aplica Ya  

Dates/Fechas
New Student & Parent Orientation Night: TBD
Camp Dates at the University of Utah:
Week 1 day camp: July 18 - 22 from 9am - 4pm
Week 2 day camp: August 8 - 12 from 9am - 4pm
BONUS: Transportation is provided from locations throughout the valley for all camps*

We want to hear from you. We know you probably have questions. We have answers. For information please contact:
paths@utah.edu
or at 801-587-9025

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Photo Release Policy:

Parents/Guardians, of registered students, grant PATHS and co-sponsored partners and programs permission to use any photographs of or written statements made by the student during any PATHS program for marketing purposes.