FIRE Summit

11th Annual FIRE Summit logo

Registration for the 2019 FIRE Summit is closed.

2019 FIRE Summit
Friday, Feb. 22, 2019
South Puget Sound Community College

The FIRE Summit is a daylong experience designed to ignite Native youth, giving them a place to start dreaming while exploring their future academic possibilities. Middle school and high school students get to create and build relationships with college staff and faculty and other Native students while learning about possible career pathways.

The FIRE Summit started as an annual event ten years ago. It has grown into a partnership between South Puget Sound Community College and the four surrounding tribes: the Nisqually Tribe, the Squaxin Island Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation and the Skokomish Tribe.

For more information or questions related to the event, contact Shanon Millman, Director of Tribal Programming, SPSCC.

The Chehalis Tribe logo The Nisqually Tribe logo The Skokomish Indian Tribe logo The Squaxin Island Tribe logo

FIRE Summit Speaker: Gyasi RossGyasi Ross, a Native American man in a light blue suit and dark, braided hair, smiling

Gyasi Ross is a Native American speaker, author, and musician from the Blackfeet Nation. A mentor and luminary, he travels the country speaking on issues of race, historical trauma, social justice, privilege and their intersections with Native American culture. Ross' unique and authentic form of storytelling brings forward a vital message of hope, resilience, and purpose.

2019 FIRE Summit Scholarship

Applications will be accepted February 14 – May 10, 2019, for three $1,000 FIRE Summit scholarships, available to any student who meets the following criteria:

  • Have participated in an indigenous and/or cultural activity (canoe journey, powwow or past FIRE Summit event) or who is registered to attend the 2019 FIRE Summit
  • Are a current high school, Running Start, or SPSCC student
  • Are applying to SPSCC for enrollment in Fall 2019

Award recipients will be announced and notified in early June 2019 to be awarded in time for Fall 2019 enrollment.

Steps to Apply

  1. Begin an online scholarship application by creating an Academic Works General Application account at
  2. Acquire a copy of your high school transcript from the counseling office. (Unofficial transcripts are acceptable.)
  3. Acquire two letters of recommendation.
  4. Write your personal essay.
  5. Answer the FIRE SUMMIT question in the Supplemental Questions section of the General Application.
  6. Upload all documents to the online General Application.
  7. Check your college email address for award announcements once the application cycle closes.

If you would like assistance in completing your scholarship application, please contact: Beth Schluter, Director of Finance and Scholarships, SPSCC Foundation, 360-596-5430,