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What is the CWS?

CWS is the National Hispanic Institute’s (NHI) capstone experience for high school juniors  preparing for their senior year. Created 30 years ago, it aims to provide future leaders as much  insight and practice as possible to  prepare for  the transition to adulthood, with an emphasis on  both  college readiness and leadership  development.

Getting coached for success in the college admissions process is only one part of making  decisions  about your future; making a final institutional selection based on your life goals  and values  requires  a different lens. The CWS addresses the emotional and psychological  factors that  impact life plans  by providing a process for decision-making  called Inquiry Based  Learning. Using  this process,  students team up to take on complex  challenges and use inquiry- based processes to  offer strategic  plans for their future goals. CWS graduates are considered high potential  candidates for future faculty roles with NHI, as they are students of the inquiry process  used by NHI leaders to evolve new program experiences, ideas, and concepts in community social entrepreneurship. 


What is the cost of the CWS?

The cost of the CWS/CWSx is broken down into distinct fees, all of which will culminate in supplying your student with the adequate resources for a fulfilling and fun leadership experience. 

The CWS tuition & Fees:

  • Application Fee - $25 (required to complete application, non-refundable)
  • CWS Deposit - $150 (required within 10 days of  acceptance, non-refundable)
  • CWS Program Tuition - $675 (does not include the deposit)

    NOTE:  Additional fees may apply.

What does the payment schedule look like?

NHI will provide details about the payment schedule upon acceptance into the program. 

NHI is committed to flexibility - that is, payment plans and fundraising tools are available to all families who request them. 


The CWS is able to take place due to he generosity of our host institutions. The locations and dates for CWS programs are as follows:                                      


Who is eligible to apply for the CWS?

All students are welcome to apply for the CWSx if they meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • In the 11th grade
  • Has a GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • College bound

What does the admissions process look like?

  1. Complete online registration and submit a $25 registration fee.
  2. Upload a recent report card or transcript (last reporting period for 2022-2023 school year accepted)
  3. Enrollment Office reviews the application within 1-3 business days.
  4. Upon acceptance, please  pay a $150 non-refundable deposit within 10 days.
  5. Submit Parent Release Form.
  6. Complete final tuition payment by assigned deadline. (flexible payment plans available).


All participating students must:

Click on image below to see our 2023 CWS Brochure


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