Giving to HSI

Why give to HSI?

Every summer for the last thirty-eight years, the University of Wyoming has opened its campus to outstanding high school rising juniors from across the state.  HSI offers these students academic opportunities beyond those normally available in their high schools.  In an intellectually stimulating environment without tests or grades, students are able to study the humanities and sciences in a way that best suits the gifted learner's needs.

And learning is not limited to the classroom.  Living, studying, and relaxing together over the course of the three-week program, students can connect with and learn from other students with similar interests and abilities, and different backgrounds and viewpoints, from across Wyoming.  Co-curricular activities are designed to encourage students' interests and abilities.  Recreational activities are provided outside of the academic environment so that students might enjoy this opportunity to the fullest.

Many students have benefited from the opportunities afforded by HSI.  Since its inception, nearly 3000 students have attended the institute, with another 66 students coming in 2023.  HSI provides an opportunity for these students to clarify their goals, discover new interests, and re-ignite their passion for learning. As a result, many approach their studies with renewed vigor and purpose when they return home.  One HSI alum writes:

Throughout high school, I had a very difficult time discovering what it was that would drive me through college.  At my teacher's insistence, I applied for HSI, and was accepted.  After the three weeks at the institute, I promptly began a five-year volunteer service at the Wyoming Dinosaur Center that would end with multiple discoveries and excavations. I really don't know what my life would have been without HSI, but with it I have found doors to research and educational opportunities that I hadn't imagined possible.


The benefits do not end with the students.  By fostering community and introducing students to excellent educational opportunities close to home,  HSI encourages students who are among Wyoming's best and brightest to remain in Wyoming.  And nearly half of them do.  These HSI alumni are educators, social workers, lawyers, scientists, civil servants, engineers, doctors, and solid members of their communities; the presence of HSI alumni enriches the state and region.

Unfortunately,the depth and breadth of HSI programs cannot be covered by state funds alone.  We depend upon the generosity of HSI alumni, parents, and friends to maintain and expand the high standards we hold for programs, facilities, faculty, and student aid.

With your help, we can continue to intensify the intellectual experience for our undergraduates, both in and outside the classroom, and to encourage the powerful integration of theory, creativity, and experience for which HSI is known.  Your gift will provide the support we need to continue to invest in students of the highest distinction and to provide ample support for their growth as scholars.  Your gift will also ensure that our scholars and students have the tools and facilities required to achieve at the highest level, such as upgraded equipment in technology-intensive fields.

With the ongoing support of alumni and friends in all fields., HSI has attained a level of distinction achieved by only a handful of similar programs.  We continue to reach for the "highest order of excellence" that the Summer High School Institute founders envisioned more than twenty years ago.

Ways your gift can help


In the past, HSI instructors sent their students selections of books, individually tailored to each student's interests, after the end of the program.  Students were touched by this individual attention and encouraged in their intellectual pursuits.  Due to a lack of funds, this part of the program was discontinued, but with your help, we can start it up again, further expanding the positive impact of HSI in students' lives.

Field trips

Each year, one day of the program is set aside for a visit to Fort Collins, where students experience Fort Fun and white water rafting for the first time. You gift will help us continue this cherished tradition.

Alumni Support

HSI frequently provides additional financial support to alumni who attend the University of Wyoming.  HSI alumni have received supplemental college scholarships, as well as funding to study abroad and to attend conferences, where former HSI-ers present papers and participate in scholarly exchanges.

Your gifts may be specifically directed toward any of these activities, or you may ask that your donation be directed toward the area of greatest need.

Types of Gifts

Ways of giving include gifts of stocks and securities, planned gifts, employer matching gifts, and honorary and memorial gifts. It is also possible to give online through the University of Wyoming Foundations secure website:

Furthermore, thanks to the generosity of the Wyoming Legislature, gifts greater than $50,000 - a one-time contribution or pledged over as many as five years - can be matched dollar to dollar, doubling the impact of your donation and establishing a lasting endowment that will enhance the work of students far into the future.

If you would like to discuss a possible gift to the UW Summer High School Institute, please call the HSI office at (307) 766-3005.

Contact Us

Summer High School Institute

University of Wyoming

1200 Ivinson St

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: (307)766-3005


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