The Ed Furshpan and David Potter Native American Education Program

About the Program

The Native American High School Summer Program is a three-week summer program for high school students from participating Native communities. Students, teachers, and community representatives come to Harvard Medical School to learn about the science of substance abuse and addiction.


NAHSSP is a collaborative effort among four Native communities and a group at Harvard Medical School. Each group of students is accompanied by two teacher/chaperones from their home community; these adults live in the same residence hall as the students and attend all Program sessions. In this intensive three-week program, students attend lectures, participate in small-group, case-based learning sessions, do homework assignments, and present a final project demonstrating what they have learned and how it might be useful to their home communities. There are also extracurricular activities designed to enhance group cohesion and reward hard work.

Summer 2018 Dates are July 7-July 28, 2018.

Tribes participating: Fort Peck and Hopi


This program is supported by funding from the Division of Medical Sciences at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.


The Ed Furshpan and David Potter Native American Education Program 2018

Application Information

Summer 2018 Dates: July 7 - July 28, 2018


Applications are received through Fort Peck and Hopi High Schools only. Each community is responsible for their own application process. Please fill out the attached application and contact Jane Riccardi at with any questions.

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