College Counseling News – August 11, 2021
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What We’re Reading, Following, and Listening to This Week
Project Dillard (HBCU) – Dillard University, an HBCU – Historically Black College and University – in New Orleans is beloved by everyone – except the US News best colleges rankings. Malcolm Gladwell hacks into the flawed algorithm of the US News rankings and shows how Dillard University can rise to the top. Part two of a two-part series.
In addition to beginning your college applications, many of you will also begin your scholarship search and application process. This is not an exhaustive list of scholarships, and in addition to the scholarships listed below each week, we strongly encourage you to continue to search for scholarships on your own. Here is a link to the document that was included in our end-of-year newsletter last year, which includes strategies for searching and applying for scholarships. The scholarship summer update can be found here.
I am happy to assist students with their scholarship searches and applications, but it is imperative that students are the drivers of this process.
Before I am able to help you with your search, I need to know the following information:
- Where have you already looked for scholarships?
- What scholarships have you already applied for?
- Where are you applying to/where have you been admitted?
Scholarship Search Engines
Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship – Due August 16, 2021
Brebeuf is able to nominate 2 students residing in Marion County and 2 from Hamilton County for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship which provides four years of full tuition and a $900 per year book/equipment stipend for selected students planning to pursue an undergraduate degree at a public or private college or university in Indiana (room and board are not included). Marion county nominees must have a minimum GPA of 2.5; Hamilton County nominees must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. Residents of Boone County may self-nominate through the Community Foundation of Boone County website. Residents of Hendricks County may self-nominate through the Hendricks County Community Foundation website. Please pay careful attention to each county’s deadline. For more information about this opportunity and other scholarships administered by the Central Indiana Community Foundation, see https://www.cicf.org/scholarships/.
If you are committed to attending an Indiana school and can demonstrate financial need, indicate your interest in being nominated by completing this Google Form by 4:00 pm on Monday, August 16.
Questbridge National College Match – Due September 26, 2021
QuestBridge National College Match can be a pathway to a top college for low-income high school seniors who have excelled academically. Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a typical family of four and have minimal assets.
The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.
Students who are interested in attending Davidson College are eligible for nomination for the Bryan Scholars Program. Interested students should email Ms. Shank at firstname.lastname@example.org (up to 3 nominees. Must participate in Men’s Golf, Wrestling, Baseball, Men’s/Women’s Cross Country, Men’s/Women’s Soccer, Men’s/Women’s Swimming & Diving, Men’s/Women’s Tennis, Men’s/Women’s Track and Field, Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Volleyball); students apply by 10/15
The Bryan Scholarship program recognizes the top male and female scholar-athlete in each first-year Davidson class.
The John M. Belk Scholarship recognizes powerful students with demonstrated academic excellence, integrity, intellectual curiosity, willingness to take risks, and the potential to be change agents in both their local and global communities. The scholarship provides:
- a four-year scholarship covering tuition, fees, room, and board
- two special study stipends ($3000 each)
Brebeuf is able to nominate two students for the Belk. Students interested in being nominated should email Ms. Shank by October 1.
Student Athletes/Recruitment Information
The Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is the NCAA’s most comprehensive student resource.
The NCAA’s Initial Eligibility Brochure provides a general overview of the NCAA Eligibility Center requirements and students can learn which of the NCAA Divisions might be the good fit for them by comparing the three divisions.
Students planning to compete at the NCAA DI or DII levels must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
The NCAA has announced that students in the Class of 2022 who initially enroll full time in college during the 2022-2023 academic years and intend to play NCAA Division I or II athletics will NOT be required to take a standardized test to meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements. Therefore, if you plan to compete at the DI or DII levels and are applying to a test optional college, you no longer have to take the SAT or ACT for admission or initial-eligibility purposes.
Student-athletes enrolling in a Division I school during the 2022-23 academic year will be academically eligible by earning a 2.3 grade-point average in 16 NCAA-approved core courses, with 10 core courses (seven in English, math and science) completed by the start of their seventh semester in high school (prior to senior year). Student-athletes enrolling in a Division II school during the 2021-22 academic year will be academically eligible by earning a 2.2 grade-point average in 16 NCAA-approved core courses.
Questions regarding the athletic recruiting process or NCAA initial-eligibility requirements for Division I or II? Please reach out to Mrs. Newman, Student-Athlete Advisor, at email@example.com, to ask any questions or to schedule a time to meet.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Announcements
The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective scholarship for outstanding minority high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of student leaders to help them realize their maximum potential. To learn more and apply, please go here and watch this video.
The 41st Annual Indianapolis Black Alumni Council, Inc. HBCU College Fair will be held on September 30th and October 1st virtually from 5pm until 8pm. This year will include a host of events leading up to the college fair. To learn more and register for the event, please go here.
The Indiana Latino Institute (ILI) is committed to increasing the number of Latinx high school and college graduates in Indiana through education-focused programming such as free college coaching and college preparation workshops, along with internship and scholarship opportunities. In partnership with the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, ILI invites students to attend the 10th annual Indiana Latino Education Summit and College & Career Fair in Indianapolis on Thursday, November 4 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at the JW Marriott. Explore colleges, universities, and businesses at the College & Career Fair and learn about scholarships, financial aid, the college application process, navigating college life, and other topics. For more information, please contact Maria Quiroz-Southwood at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The COLLEGE ACCESS section for College Coaching at ILI works one-on-one with students to navigate the college application process, financial aid, career exploration, and provides referrals to general social service agencies for other needs. This is a FREE service. Students just need to complete the College Coaching Application and ILI’s Education Specialist will schedule an appointment with students to get started. Under COLLEGE SUCCESS you will also find the ILI Scholarships including and the James Waters Memorial Scholarship link. This is a $1000.00 scholarship and students are encouraged to apply.
Indiana Youth Group creates safer spaces to foster community and provides programming that empowers LGBTQ+ youth and magnifies their voices. To learn more about IYG and its resources and upcoming events, please go here.
Created in 1968 as a way to increase college attendance among first-generation, underrepresented students at Indiana University Bloomington, the IU Groups Scholars Program provides academic, financial, and social support to help students attain a bachelor’s degree at IU Bloomington. The program offers an extensive student support system, including academic advising, tutoring, enrollment in specialized courses, and activities designed to foster academic success and degree completion. To learn more about IU Groups, its application process and deadlines (October 20, 2021), please see Mrs. Newman in the College Counseling Office.
Act Six provides full tuition scholarships to Indianapolis Act Six Partner Colleges and leadership training to student leaders from diverse backgrounds who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home. Scholars are actively recruited from across the region and chosen through a rigorous selection process. Once selected, Act Six scholars participate in six months of intensive training equipping them to succeed academically and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation. After training, Act Six scholars begin college ready to engage with their campus and community with a built-in support system and a sense of purpose as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation.
Are you a high school senior from a lower socioeconomic background who has excelled academically but feels that many of the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to some of the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college. Watch the QuestBridge video here to learn more.
Strive for College connects students with financial need with free, one-to-one mentoring to help them navigate the college and financial aid application process. Students already in college can also be matched with a mentor for support to help them graduate and prepare for career opportunities. The Strive program is completely virtual, with mentors and students connecting through an online platform.
Many colleges offer free College “Fly-in” Programs to high-achieving, underrepresented students who might not otherwise be able to visit their campuses. Since traditional college visits and travel in general seems to be out of reach right now, some colleges are continuing to offer opportunities to underrepresented students so they can get to know what their school has to offer. Most of these programs require students to submit an application to participate. Please find a list of college fly-ins at this link: 2021 College Diversity Fly-ins.
Columbia University’s Columbia Engineering Experience (CE2) is a free selective program designed for high school seniors who are interested in learning about Columbia’s unique engineering education. The program runs October 9-10 and applications are now open. CE2 is for high-achieving seniors who have exemplary academic records and are from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in engineering and applied science fields, including low-income students, underrepresented students of color, students who will be the first generation in their family to attend college, and students from underserved and rural communities.
Emory University in Atlanta is continuing their Cultural Outreach, Recruitment, and Education (CORE) Virtual Series that was incredibly successful last year as a virtual program designed to support talented, high-achieving high school seniors who are either first-generation college students and/or from historically underrepresented cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds including Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, underrepresented Asian Americans and Pacific Islander, Native/Indigenous. The CORE Virtual Series serves as an additional support system for students navigating the college application process and will provide monthly webinars, office hours, and faculty chats to participants. Through programming CORE helps bridge educational gaps by engaging in conversations related to the admission process, build community for students who want a safe space for mentoring and encouragement in the application process, and introduces the heart and culture of the Emory community.
VOICE – Wellesley College’s College Access Program will be held on September 18-19, 2021. VOICE is for high school seniors from historically underrepresented cultural backgrounds, including first-generation college-going students. VOICE is all about a Vision of the future made better, Ownership of your place in the world, building a commitment to Inclusivity and a sense of Community, and centering Equity in all that you do. Students will attend virtual sessions about the power of using their VOICE, the rewards and challenges of being a student leader, and the importance of equity in the fight for change. To attend, students should submit an unofficial high school transcript and a short personal essay by August 13, 2021. Additional information can be found on the VOICE website.
Women of Distinction is a program for rising high school seniors that highlights the opportunities at Smith College, a selective women’s liberal arts and sciences college in Massachusetts. African American, Latina, Asian American and Native American students are encouraged to apply.
Every year, Denison University chooses a select group of prospective students to participate in Dialogue with Denison, a multicultural fly-in program. Dialogue with Denison is a selective program that will allow interested students to learn more about Denison in general, as well as our multicultural student life. The tentative plan is for the Dialogue with Denison fly-in program to be in-person and on campus November 6-8, 2021. Students from underrepresented populations can apply directly to the program via the application link (connect.denison.edu/register/dwd). Applications are due Friday, September 17, with decisions to release on Friday, October 1.
The Voices of Tufts Discovery Experience is a two-day program designed to introduce high school seniors to the diversity and community at Tufts University. Participants have the opportunity to learn more about Tufts through tours with current students, interactive student panels, application and financial aid presentations, and conversations with representatives from identity-based resource centers. This year’s Voices program will take place in a virtual format. There is no cost to participate in Voices and all applicants to the program will have their Tufts application fee waived. Completed applications are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021. To learn more and to apply, please go here.
Tulane University’s Multicultural Fly-In Program, PreviewTU, is now taking registrations. We invite you to apply for this once-a-year program. PreviewTU aims to connect with high-achieving seniors from traditionally first generation and multicultural backgrounds and help in the process of applying to Tulane. PreviewTU will be offered both in-person and virtually this year! For both events, students will get to explore academic offerings, immerse themselves into campus life, and participate in a college application workshop. The in-person event will take place Saturday, October 2nd in conjunction with a Campus Preview Day, and the virtual event will take place Friday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 23rd! To learn more and apply, please go here.
As one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color, Bates College believes in equity and access. This fall, Bates is offering their Diversity Program: Prologue to Bates, a fly-in program in September and October, geared towards students entering their senior year who express interest in being a part of an inclusive and pluralistic community. Students who are first-generation-to-college, low-income, and/or historically underrepresented in higher education are encouraged to apply.
Miami University is proud to present the Bridges Program, an engaging experience that provides an inside look at Miami University to prospective students. This program invites high-achieving high school seniors from historically underrepresented populations, as well as students who have a commitment to promoting a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diversity, to engage with current students, faculty, and staff. The program attracts students who represent various diverse identities (racial/ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity, and socioeconomic) and provides the Bridges Program scholarship to those accepted to the university. Last year, Bridges scholarship values ranged from $2,500 to $5,000 annually.
The Women of Distinction Program at Smith College for high school seniors highlights the opportunities that Smith College offers for African American, Asian American, Latina and Native American students. Participants in this program will explore Smith College to determine whether it might be an appropriate college choice for them. Students will attend panels and workshops on student life and the college admission process, and connect with current Smith students and faculty. To learn more, please go here.
Regardless of one’s identity, prospective college students should seek to find a place where they will feel accepted for who they are. To help students from diverse backgrounds better understand what to ask of colleges, U.S. News crowdsourced Diversity Questions for Colleges from school officials largely centered around students of color, LGBTQ students, religious minorities, those with disabilities, other protected classes and groups often marginalized. Having a sense of belonging on a campus can be critical to one’s success, and exploring these questions ahead of choosing where to attend can be valuable in making a good college choice.
In Revisionist History – Project Dillard, listen as Malcolm Gladwell investigates why a Historically Black College and University in New Orleans is beloved by everyone except the US News best colleges rankings. His findings are worth listening to in this Part two of a two-part series on college rankings.
The Korean American Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean-American students seeking higher education. The foundation encourages leadership and civic service and seeks to nurture a sense of pride and confidence in Korean cultural heritage and tradition. To learn more and apply for scholarships through the KASF, please go here.
Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) are defined under the Higher Education Act (HEA) as colleges or universities with an undergraduate enrollment that is at least 10 percent Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander. Additionally, at least half of the institution’s degree-seeking students are from a low-income background. To learn more about AANAPISI and see a list of institutions, please go here.
The Asian Pacific Fund’s mission is to strengthen the Asian and Pacific Islander community. In this effort the APF coordinates scholarships that provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students. Through these programs, the APF helps students embark on their dreams. For the 2020-21 school year, the APF distributed $173,000 in scholarships to 58 students, primarily from low-income communities. To learn more and apply, please go here.
Are you interested in pursuing a career in healthcare? Would you like to participate in a program geared toward helping you reach that goal? HCOP INDY – Health Careers Opportunities Programs to Increase Needed Diversity – are programs for economically or educationally disadvantaged students who live in Marion County and have an interest in health-related careers. To learn more about HCOP INDY’s College Prep Academy and Hoosier Health Academy and to apply to either or both programs, please go here.
The Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and McDonald’s are proud to offer financial assistance to outstanding students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Thirty-Three (33) scholars will be selected to receive a scholarship up to $15,000 for the 2021-2022 academic school year ($7,500 per semester), which can only be applied to verifiable costs associated with average tuition and usual fees. To learn more about eligibility requirements and to apply, please go here.
Preparando la familia para la universidad: entendiendo las opciones lejos de casa (en Español)…Aquí esta la grabación de la sesión si quieres volver a verla. Si ve el webinar, usted tendria la oportunidad de: conocer algunos mitos sobre las opciones universitarias, oir sugerencias prácticas para implementar antes de irse, escuchar la perspectiva de una madre e hija recién graduada de la uni en cómo navegar la transición, enfrentar algunas preocupaciones comunes y cómo encontrar recursos para resolver estas situaciones, aprender cómo los padres pueden apoyar a su estudiante, aprender cómo los estudiantes pueden mantener la conexión con su familia.
Nos complace grandemente poder compartir contigo nuestra nueva página web en español. Esta página te ayudará a guiar a tus estudiantes del próximo año escolar y sus familias a través del proceso de completar su solicitud de admisión. En esta página encontrarás información sobre cómo una educación en UM está a su alcance, nuestra ubicación única y la oportunidad de Miami. Visita y comparte admissions.miami.edu/espanol para obtener más información.
STEM YES! is a Youth Enhancement Summer program through Exploradoor that offers underserved, underrepresented Central Indiana students in grades 10-12 to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers in a work-based environment. Applications are now open! To learn more and apply, please go here.
Approximately 1.5 million undocumented students under the age of 18 are currently living in the United States and 65,000 graduate from high school each year. Unfortunately, confusion exists about whether colleges admit undocumented students and offer financial assistance, if any. But the good news is that they do! Undocumented students can go to college and receive financial assistance. To learn more about admission policies, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities at colleges and universities throughout the nation and abroad, please go here.
Please follow these links and use the listed passcodes to view our virtual panel discussions that took place during the 2020-2021 school year on the following topics: the Black College Student Experience at HBCUs and PWIs – HBCU & PWI Panel Passcode: p@Bz+R88; the Latinx College Student Experience – Latinx Panel Passcode: wxZ3JH.4 , and the LGBTQ+ College Student Experience – LGBTQ+ Panel Passcode: 7&^!QHTP.
Will you be a First Generation College Student – the first in your family to attend college and graduate from college? I’m First! is an online community celebrating first-generation college students. Check out video stories from first-gen students, read student blogs, and discover colleges that have special support programs for first-gen students. To learn more, please go here.
Women’s colleges are as diverse as the women they serve. They are in metropolitan areas and small towns. They offer everything from traditional liberal arts courses to pre-professional programs. Despite all the choices they offer, there is one thing that women’s colleges all have in common: a commitment to women’s success and well-being. To learn more about women’s colleges, please go here.
Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the largest scholarship-granting organization in the nation. HSF provides financial assistance to outstanding Hispanic students in higher education throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The students represent every region of the country and attend hundreds of institutions of higher education throughout America. Founded in 1975, HSF has awarded over 45,000 scholarships totalling $60 million. These scholarships require an application. For more information and to apply, visit their website here.
There are 314 colleges and universities that are members of HACU – the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities. To explore this list and these institutions, please go here.
There are 107 HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). To learn more about these institutions and all they have to offer, please go here. To learn more about the most affordable public and private HBCUs, please go here.
The rich history of America’s HBCUs began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years, yet remains largely unknown. With Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, the story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life. Watch here.
Read about this author’s personal experience attending both a PWI – Predominantly White Institution – and an HBCU – Historically Black College or University in her article: “At Prairie View A&M, my college experience is now complete.” from The Undefeated: The difference between an HBCU and a PWI: I see myself.
The American Indian Graduate Center provides up to $30,000 in scholarships per student per year to Native American students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the United States. In addition, it offers a comprehensive array of student support services and resources for students to utilize throughout their academic journey. To learn more about these scholarships and services, go here.
The WiseGeek LGBTQ+ Awareness Scholarship exists to support the dreams and aspirations of LGBTQ+ youth across the country. The scholarship is open to students who identify as a member of this community. To learn more and apply, please go here.
To learn more about LGBTQ+ friendly Catholic colleges and universities, please visit New Ways Ministry List of LGBT-Friendly Catholic Colleges and Universities .
The Campus Pride Index is the premier LGBTQ+ benchmarking tool for colleges and universities that looks at how safe and inclusive campus communities are. The free online tool allows prospective students, families, parents, and those interested in higher education to search a database of LGBTQ+ friendly campuses that are committed to improving the academic experience and quality of campus life for LGBTQ+ students. To learn more, go here.
The Business Opportunity Program (BOP) at Purdue University is one of the oldest diversity programs in the country within any top-ranked, undergraduate business school. BOP’s mission is to produce the next wave of business and community leaders by providing student participants with academic, financial, and social support that will aid them in achieving their short term and long term college and career goals. To learn more about BOP, please go here.
Indiana University’s campus is home to a diverse, vibrant, and engaged community. There are many resources available for students, staff, faculty, and others at IU Bloomington to explore various communities and cultures. Some of these include the following: the LGBTQ+ Cultural Center, the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center, the Atkins Living-Learning Center, the La Casa/Latino Cultural Center, and the Luis Davila Thematic Community.
Purdue University is committed to supporting its diverse communities of students, staff, and faculty through its many cultural centers, programs, and organizations. To learn more, please visit the Diversity Resource Office, or click on any of the following links: Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center, Black Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, LGBTQ+ Cultural Center, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Minority Technology Association, Women In Technology, Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities
Purdue Polytechnic Institute sees that diversity benefits everyone because the most creative and innovative ideas and solutions result from the connections made between students from different backgrounds and experiences. Purdue wants students of color to know that the Polytechnic is a college at Purdue where one can combine hands-on talents with favorite hobbies for exciting careers. To learn more about the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and all it has to offer, especially as related to diversity, go here.
The Beautillion Militaire was organized in 1986 by the Jack and Jill of America, Indianapolis Chapter to provide a personal development experience and recognition event for African-American male high school students. Young men in their junior or senior year of high school who excel in the areas of leadership, academics, athletics, and service (school, church, and community) are eligible to apply. Each participant that completes the program will have the opportunity to win a scholarship or book award that can be used at a college or university of the recipient’s choice. To learn more about this opportunity, please go here.
CLD, the Center for Leadership Development, has the mission to foster the advancement of minority youth in Central Indiana as future professional, business and community leaders by providing experiences that encourage personal development and educational attainment. Among CLD’s wide variety of programs and initiatives is the opportunity to apply for CLD Partner College Scholarships, an opportunity available to seniors who have successfully completed the Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Project program, the College Prep program, and the Emerging Scholars program. To learn more about CLD and to register for these and other programs, go to CLD High School Programs and Initiatives.
Scholarships for underrepresented students vary in their criteria and are not limited to race or ethnicity. Some examples include scholarships for Black or African American students, Native American students, Hispanic and Latinx students, Asian and Pacific Islander students, LGBTQ+ students, women, and so forth. Please go here to find scholarship opportunities for underrepresented students.
UNCF was founded in 1944 to help more Black and 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.
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation – CBCF has awarded scholarships for more than three decades 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.
Scholarships related to Religious Diversity are also available:
Students interested in Scholarships for Jewish Students can find information here.
Students interested in Scholarships for Muslim Students can find information here.
Students interested in Scholarships for Catholic Students can find information here.
Students interested in Scholarships for Hindu Students can find information here.
Students interested in Scholarships for Buddhist Students can find information here.
Students interested in Scholarships for Atheist or Agnostic Students can find information here.
Questions about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion announcements? Contact Beth Newman, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, at email@example.com.