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College Counseling News – April 28, 2020


Don’t forget to take a snapshot of your personalized college pennant and share with your College Counselor by Friday, May 8!

2020 Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
May 11-15 & May 18-22

Latest News for 2020 AP Exams plus more information:

AP Exam Video Walkthrough – a quick review of important steps and tips prior to exam day!

2020 AP Exam Day Checklist for Students – complete this checklist for each exam you take and keep next to you while testing.

Explainer Videos – these videos cover how to prepare, the exam experience, and more!

AP Classes and Review Sessions – the week before exams, online AP classes will focus on the exam day experience and sample exam questions.

Confirm Your Email Address – if you are having difficulty receiving College Board emails, follow these steps.

AP Exam Demo…coming May 4! Students will receive an email to remind him/her that the demo is available.

If you have any questions, please contact Lindsay Davis, AP Coordinator, at ldavis@brebeuf.org.

Upcoming Events

NAVIGATE 2020 Virtual Conference and College Fair
May 4-6, 2020, 12:00-8:00 p.m.

This event will host three days of live-stream expert presentations for students and families and a concurrent virtual college fair with fully interactive booths.  Students can chat live with college admissions representatives, helping to find fit. Learn more and register here.

Online Resources from College Counseling

For updates regarding admissions, applications, SAT/ACT updates, wellness, etc., see this live document. Our team is regularly updating as information is made available.

Update for Seniors – Enrollment Deadlines by College

Many colleges are extending their enrollment deadline from May 1 to June 1, in light of the current global pandemic. The National Association for College Admission Counseling has an excellent link that lists schools who have made this change. That link can be found here. However, It is important to follow the guidance sent out from each individual school. Click here for more Q&A.

From the College Counseling Team – What We are Reading/Listening to this Week:

Mrs. Easterday – While there is some fret in overcrowding if high school students in the Class of 2020 prefer to make an alternative plan to attending a 4-year institution, here is an additional perspective to the equation: Desperate for fall enrollees, colleges are luring students with campus perks and cold cash

Mrs. Davis – The list of colleges and universities with ACT/SAT Optional Policies for Fall 2021 admission continues to grow! Check out the current list here.

Summer Opportunities – Program Updates due to COVID 19

UNC Chapel Hill Update on Project Uplift 2020Registration coming soon

Project Uplift is a summer program for high-achieving, rising juniors and seniors, at UNC Chapel Hill. Although this year’s program will not be hosted on campus due to concerns about COVID-19, the Office for Diversity and Inclusion looks forward to offering this program as a virtual experience. Students will receive an invitation to register by the end of this month with more details. If you have any questions, please email project_uplift@unc.edu

Seattle University Summer Programs

This year Seattle University Summer Programs is offering two pre-college summer programs for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. The Albers Summer Business Institute (business entrepreneurship) provides 2 college credits for students who complete the required coursework. Seattle University AI4All (criminal justice and artificial intelligence) is a longer program that provides 3 college credits for students who complete the required coursework. In response to safety and wellness concerns due to COVID-19, Seattle University Summer Programs has moved all courses to virtual learning. I encourage you to visit our website for further information.

NYU Online College and Career Prep Programs

NYU’s immersive online courses and workshops allow high school and middle school students to learn new skills, engage with leading scholars and professionals, and collaborate with classmates from all over the world. Applications are open now!

Penn Summer High School Programs (Online) 

Penn delivers the challenge of an Ivy League curriculum to academically talented high school students seeking a pre-collegiate experience. Engage with leading faculty and build intellectual connections within accelerated two-, three-, or six-week Penn Summer High School Programs. Applications are open now and due June 1!

Brighton & Sussex Medical School (UK) – Virtual Work Experience 

This free online course provides ‘virtual’ work experience for those looking to apply to medical school. You will be introduced to the National Health Service (NHS in the UK)  before exploring the roles and skillsets of six different medical specialists. Along the way, you will also consider some of the challenges and wider issues doctors face. For more information and to sign up, click here.

For additional Summer Opportunities, please see this document. Opportunities will be added as the College Counseling Office receives them.

Scholarship Announcements

The A.G. Terry Schafer Memorial Citizenship Award – Due May 1

A $1,500.00 A.G. Terry Shaffer Memorial Citizenship Award is presented annually by the Kiwanis Club of Northwest Indianapolis to a Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory High School senior student who best demonstrates good school, family and community citizenship. Terry Shaffer devoted much of his life to service as a member of the Kiwanis family. He was active in all levels of the organization, as a leader in both the Pennsylvania and Indiana districts and, from 1969 to 2004, as a member of the Kiwanis International staff. But Terry was most passionate about his Kiwanis involvement at the local level. A native of Sudbury, Pennsylvania, he was a member and treasurer of the Sunbury High School Key Club. He served as both president and secretary of three Kiwanis clubs, including Northwest Indianapolis. More information about the scholarship can be found here. The application can be found here.

Equity and Inclusion Announcements

MEET Kelley at IU is a unique pre-college summer program for high-ability juniors with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 from historically underrepresented groups, namely students who identify as African American, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian/Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or multiracial. MEET Kelley gives students the opportunity to be introduced to the Kelley School of Business, learn about the opportunities available, experience a professional business case competition, and ultimately consider transitioning to Kelley after high school. To learn more and to apply by the May 1 priority deadline, go to this link: MEET Kelley.

The Up-Next Business Academy at IU brings together Indiana high school students from underrepresented populations, including students who identify as African-American, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian/Native American, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, to the Kelley School of Business to introduce them to opportunities within the business world and educate them on the college admissions process. To be considered, students must have a 3.0 GPA. To learn more and to apply, go to this link: Up-Next Business Academy

UNCF was founded in 1944 to help more African American students attend and graduate from college. Annually, UNCF awards more than 10,000 scholarships. To learn more about scholarships, internships, and other opportunities, go to this link: UNCF.

For more than three decades the Congressional Black Caucus FoundationCBCF has awarded scholarships to talented and deserving students demonstrating leadership ability through exemplary community service and academic accomplishment. Programs support current and upcoming college students across a variety of disciplines. To learn more and to apply for scholarships, please go to CBCF Scholarships.

Purdue University’s Business Opportunity Program’s (BOP) Future Scholars Camp seeks to bring top students from historically underrepresented minority groups to Purdue’s campus for one week in July (July 12-18, 2020). Students attend workshops taught by Krannert faculty and corporate partners, team up with other students to use critical thinking skills for a competitive case competition, experience life at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, and receive inside information about Purdue’s admission process and financial aid opportunities. The BOP Future Scholars Summer Camp targets students who are rising high school seniors and have at least a 3.3/4.0 unweighted GPA. To learn more and to apply by the May 1 deadline, go to BOP Future Scholars Camp.

Many colleges and universities across the country offer free fly-ins to high-achieving, underrepresented students who might not otherwise be able to visit their campuses. Most of these programs require students to submit an application to participate. Please find a list of college fly-ins at this link:  College Fly-ins and Diversity Programs

The Indiana Latino Institute (ILI) is committed to increasing the number of Latino high school and college graduates in Indiana. Education-focused programming such as college coaching and college preparation workshops, along with internship and scholarship opportunities, can be found at this link: Indiana Latino Institute – EDUCATION.

Scholarships for minority students vary in their criteria and are not limited to race or ethnicity. Some examples include scholarships for African American students, Native American students, Hispanic and Latino students, Asian and Pacific Islander students, LGBTQ students, in some instances, women, and so forth. Please go to the following link Here to find scholarship opportunities for minority students.

Students interested in other Scholarships for Jewish Students can find information about many opportunities Here.

Students interested in Scholarships for Muslim Students can find information about opportunities Here.

Questions about Equity and Inclusion announcements? Contact Beth Newman at bnewman@brebeuf.org.