Navigate the Future

The Department of Defense Navigate the Future summer program offers students an immersive experience into various Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).

Navigate the Future Logo

The program is designed to equip and inspire students to pursue higher STEM education and ultimately STEM careers that support our Nation’s defense. Students directly interact with U.S. Army scientists who lead hands-on technical experiences in computer science, biotechnology, robotics and various other STEM disciplines.  This interaction provides students with a unique opportunity to gain special insight into DOD STEM internship and career opportunities.   

Students will participate in Life Skills workshops designed to help them improve written and verbal communication skills, gain and strengthen leadership abilities and realize individual potential and strengths. Students will have the chance to interact with a panel of college students, receive information on college and university scholarship programs, degree options and campus life.


PROGRAM DATES: June 5th – June 21st
LOCATION:  Whitehorse High School, Montezuma Creek, UT

Student Application and Parent/Guardian Permission Form


The week of March 6th, Navajo Technical University and Utah Tech University joined our students at Whitehorse High School to share information about their school’s Campus Life, STEM Programs, and Scholarship opportunities.  Click the logo to view their presentations:



Information on Colleges and Universities

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Application Deadline:  April 1st
STEM Programs:  Engineering and Computer Science

Utah Tech UniversitySt. George, UT
Application Deadline: August 15th
STEM Programs: Various

Utah Valley University, Orem, UT
Application Deadline: August 1st
STEM Programs: College of Engineering and Technology

Weber State University, Ogden, UT
Application Deadline: May 11th
STEM Programs: College of Engineering, Applied Sciences & Technology

Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT
Application Deadline:  May 1st
STEM Programs: College of Engineering & Technology

Davis Technical College, Kaysville, UT
Application Deadline: Open Enrollment
STEM – Certificate

Ogden-Weber Technical College, Ogden, UT
Application Deadline: Open Enrollment
Certificate awarding: Computer/IT, Manufacturing

Dinè College, Tsaile, AZ
Application Deadline: March 15th
STEM Programs: Various

University of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ
Application Deadline: May 1
STEM Programs: STEM Learning Center

Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
Application Deadline: May 1
STEM Programs: College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Tech

Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
Application Deadline: March 1
STEM Programs: College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Science

University of Nevada, Las Vegas, NV
Application Deadline: June 1
STEM Programs: College of Engineering

University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Application Deadline: May 1
STEM Programs: College of Engineering

Nevada State College, Henderson, NV
Application Deadline: August 1
STEM Programs: Engineering Technology Program

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, NM
Application Deadline: Registration opens May 1
STEM Programs: STEM lab, Data Science Program

New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
Applications Deadline: May 1
STEM Programs: Engineering, Computer Science

Northern New Mexico College, Espanola NM
Application Deadline: August 15
STEM Programs: School of STEM-H

Navajo Tech, Crownpoint, NM
Application Deadline: Academic Calendar
STEM Programs:  Computer Science and Engineering

Western New Mexico University, Silver City, NM
Application Deadline:  May 15
STEM Programs:  Science, Technology, and Engineering

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, NM
Application Deadline:  Open Enrollment
STEM Programs: STEM School

Colorado State University, Colorado Springs, CO
Application Deadline: February 1
STEM Programs: Engineering, Computer Science

TCU Demographics
contains detailed information regarding the Nation’s 37 TCUs, their locations, degrees offered, average annual tuition, etc. 

Western Undergraduate Exchange (WUE) 
a tuition-savings program that makes attending
out-of-state colleges and universities more
affordable for students.

American Indian College Fund (AICF) Scholarships
Follow the link for information, requirements, and deadlines for current AICF scholarships.

Big Future Scholarships
Open to all students in the class of 2023, 2024, and 2025, BigFuture® awards hundreds of $500 scholarships
and at least two $40,000 scholarships each month to students who take steps toward their career and education
after high school. There is no required essay, minimum GPA or test score. You qualify yourself by taking steps to
get ready for life after high school. If your family’s income is less than $60,000 per year, you will get extra chances
at these scholarships and earn double the entries for every drawing.

Catching the Dream Supplemental Award
The Catching the Dream supplemental award is intended to help Native American Indian students who are ¼ or more degree American Indian, and an enrolled member of a U.S. tribe .

Junior Science and Humanities Symposium Scholarship
Even if you have not yet enrolled in or selected a college, complete and return this form by June 1 in the year the scholarship is awarded. Please note that your scholarship will be held for a maximum of four years from the time of the award; however, you must return this form by June 1 in the year the scholarship is awarded / earned to establish your scholarship account.

Microsoft Internship Opportunity
Explore Microsoft is a 12-week summer internship program specifically designed for first
and second year college students. The program is rotational and allows you to gain experience in our different software engineering roles. It’s also designed to give you
hands-on experience with various tool and programming languages in the field of software development, and encourage you to pursue degrees in computer science, computer engineering, or related technical disciplines.

FAFSA Application

Filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, which opens Oct. 1, is one of the most important steps students and their families can take to pay for college. In recent years, some states have even made completing the FAFSA a high school graduation requirement.

The U.S. Department of Education awarded about $112 billion in federal grants, loans and work-study funds in fiscal year 2021, according to the most recent Federal Student Aid annual report. Those federal funds will assist roughly 10.1 million students in completing their education.

Federal financial aid can be given, such as a grant; borrowed; or earned through work experience. Here are a few answers to common questions about the FAFSA.