Aug 13

College Counseling News – August 13, 2020

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Welcome Mrs. Bethany Wolfe and Mrs. Myra Mariani

We are excited to welcome Mrs. Bethany Wolfe (College Counseling Assistant) and Mrs. Myra Mariani (College Counselor) to the College Counseling Team this year!

Mrs. Wolfe joins us after serving nine years in Westfield Washington Schools. She is a bright light to the office and brings an incredible amount of energy and talent to the team!

Mrs. Mariani joins us after serving as a School Counselor at St. Richard’s Episcopal School for the last four years and brings with her experience as a licensed Mental Health Counselor as well. Mrs. Mariani’s position will be shared with Mrs. Davis – both Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Mariani will be serving in a part-time capacity this year.

Inside College Admission: A Virtual Panel Discussion with Dr. Bruce Chamberlin from Georgetown University

Last Thursday, August 6, Mrs. Easterday and Mrs. Davis had the pleasure of hosting a panel discussion with Dr. Chamberlain, Senior Associate Director of Admissions at Georgetown University, alongside other college counselors from the northside of Indianapolis; Mrs. Linda Christy (International School of Indiana) and Mrs. Sue Stemen (Park Tudor School). You can view our discussion with Dr. Chamberlin here.

Scheduling Meetings with your College Counselor

We are encouraging any student or parent who wishes to meet with their college counselor to please schedule an appointment. Counselors will email their caseloads next week with a Calendly link for scheduling. As a precaution, we are trying to limit the number of students who are sitting in our waiting area. Please feel free to contact your college counselor directly if you have any questions.

Scholarship Information

Information regarding the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship was sent to all seniors on Monday, August 10. Completed interest forms are due back by Monday, August 17 at 4:00 p.m. Submissions after 4:00 p.m. will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Shank at

The Indiana University Wells Scholars Program

The Wells Scholarship at Indiana University Bloomington is one of the most prestigious scholarships in higher education, providing full tuition, mandatory and course-related fees, and a living stipend for four years of study. Academic and career mentoring, international experiences, summer enrichment, and membership in the Hutton Honors College are all part of the Wells Scholars experience, which combines the best features of a large research university and a small liberal arts college. Information was sent to all seniors this afternoon with information on how to complete the nomination interest form. Students who are interested in being nominated should complete this form by Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 4p. More information on this scholarship can be found at

Horatio Alger Scholarship application open

The Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.

Coca Cola Scholars application open

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.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship open – apply via Common App

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities.

Ron Brown Scholars Program open

The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans.

Creighton University Army ROTC Scholarship

Creighton University’s Army ROTC Scholarship is available to students interested in participating in ROTC at Creighton. This scholarship covers tuition, room and board, a $1200 per year textbook stipend and a $420 per month spending stipend. In order to be eligible to apply for a scholarship, students must meet the following minimum criteria: (Note these are minimums they are not the scores of the average winner)

GPA – 2.5
Age – 17-26
SAT – 920
ACT – 19

All applicants must self report their high school Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA), SAT/ACT, age, and U.S. Citizenship.

More information and instructions on how to apply can be found here.

The Gates Scholarship

The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation, and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Questbridge National College Match – application deadline is September 29.

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.

Additional Scholarship Resources

Equity and Inclusion Announcements

The Indiana Latino Institute (ILI) is committed to increasing the number of Latinx 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

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, which is 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 African American students, Native American students, Hispanic and Latinx students, Asian and Pacific Islander students, LGBTQ students, women, and so forth. Please go to the following link Here to find scholarship opportunities for underrepresented students.

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 Foundation – CBCF 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

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:  2020 College Diversity Fly-ins

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 Equity and Inclusion announcements? Contact Beth Newman at

What we’re reading this week!

Ms. Shank – Making Test Optional Real an article from Inside Higher Ed

Mrs. Otteson- Tiny Habits-The Small Changes that Change Everything by B.J.Fogg

Mrs. Davis – Please don’t test by Jon Boeckenstedt, Oregon State University

Mrs. Newman – The Coronavirus and College Sports

Additional Reading

Dying to Test – National Association for College Admission Counseling

Racist Post, Admission Rescinded?