We are committed to making our school accessible to local students

Each year, we offer up to three full merit-based scholarships for sophomores at Lake County High School to attend the HMI Semester or the HMI Summer Term. Additional LCHS students may receive need-based financial aid to attend HMI on top of the three merit scholarships.

LCHS students participating in HMI programming have the chance to befriend students from around the country, challenge themselves in a new academic environment, and experience the outdoors of Colorado and Utah via extended wilderness expeditions.

Local families are invited to visit HMI anytime for a tour

Our admissions office is happy to host you, and help you understand the application process for the LCHS merit scholarship.

LCHS Merit Scholarship FAQ

Applications are due by February 15th of a student’s sophomore year for the HMI Semester (to attend as a junior) and the HMI Summer Term. LCHS Juniors may also apply to attend HMI as a senior. 

The merit scholarships will be awarded to the top three applicants from LCHS each year. We evaluate an applicant’s transcript, teacher recommendations, and personal essays as well as their involvement in extracurriculars such as team sports, volunteer activities, music, theater, etc.

Follow the instructions here. A complete application includes a transcript from LCHS, two teacher recommendations (at least one coming from an academic teacher who taught the student this year or last), and an online application that includes three short-answer essays.

No. There is no application fee. 

No. LCHS students will automatically be considered for the merit scholarship.

As an HMI Merit Scholar, you and your family do not pay for HMI tuition, gear rental, lodging, and food. The student and their family will pay for books, bookstore purchases, and any fees associated extracurricular activities totaling around $600 for the Semester and $250 for the Summer Term.

First priority for the merit scholarships will be given to LCHS students. If fewer than three LCHS students apply, Lake County residents who do not attend LCHS will be considered. 

Regardless of the number of LCHS applicants, Lake County residents who do not attend LCHS may still apply to the HMI Semester or HMI Summer Term and apply for need-based financial aid.

HMI partners with Full Circle each summer to offer the Lake County Backpacking Trip, a free program open to all LCHS students who have finished 7th or 8th grade.

For more information about HMI opportunities available to LCHS students, contact the HMI admissions department: admissions@hminet.org or (719) 486-8200 x1.