A Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) is a six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college.

Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, attend a seminar led by college and university scholars and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.

Students attend TASPs because they want a personal and intellectual challenge. Telluride Association seeks students from all kinds of educational backgrounds who demonstrate intellectual curiosity and motivation, rather than prior knowledge of the seminar’s subject matter.¬†TASPers participate solely for the pleasure and rewards of learning with other intelligent, highly motivated students of diverse backgrounds.¬† The TASP offers no grades or college credit.

  • The TASP seminar
  • The TASP community
  • Why apply for a TASP?
  • Telluride Association Summer Programs are Free

Telluride Association Summer Programs are free.

Housing, dining, and tuition expenses are covered by Telluride Association and the host institutions. Students pay only the costs of transportation and incidental expenses. Participants with demonstrated need may request financial aid to cover reasonable travel costs. We can also offer stipends of up to $500 to replace summer work earnings for students who would otherwise be unable to attend a summer program. It is the policy of Telluride Association that no student be barred from attending a TASP for financial reasons.

The programs are made possible in part by the bequest of Frank Monaghan in honor of Elmer M. “Johnny” Johnson and George Lincoln Burr. Johnny Johnson joined Telluride Association in 1915 and later served as Chancellor of Telluride Association from 1930-1960. George Burr was a Cornell librarian from 1890-1922 and variously a Cornell professor of ancient, medieval, and modern history. He lived at Telluride House as a faculty fellow from 1915-1938.

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