Aug 15

College Counseling News – August 15, 2019

Juniors and Seniors (and families): Please see the email update sent from Mrs. Carroll Easterday this week for information from the College Counseling Office. If you have more specific questions or need follow up, see your College Counselor.

Equity and Inclusion Announcements

The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority high school seniors. Scholars receive funding for the full cost of attendance (tuition, fees, room, board, books, transportation, etc.) not already covered by other scholarships or financial aid. Students must have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA, be Pell-eligible, be a US citizen, national or permanent resident, and be African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian & Pacific Islander American, and/or Hispanic American. The deadline to apply is September 15. For more information and to apply, visit

The QuestBridge National College Match is a college admission and scholarship program for high-achieving, low-income students to be admitted early with a full four-year scholarship to one of QuestBridge’s college partners, which include some of the most selective colleges in the country. The program is for high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability despite serious financial challenges. For more information and to apply, please go to  

Many colleges offer free college fly-in programs to underrepresented students in order to increase diversity on their campuses. These programs are wonderful opportunities to see and experience campuses in different regions of the country.  Please find a complete list of these opportunities at and a few examples listed below:

Miami University Ohio will be offering The Bridges Program, an overnight visit experience for high-achieving high school seniors from historically underrepresented populations or who have a commitment to promoting a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diversity. The program attracts students who represent diversity of all kinds — racial/ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity, and socioeconomic. More detailed information can be found at the Bridges Program website.

Case Western Reserve University is currently accepting student applications for its Diversity Overnight programs, Oct. 13 and 14 or Nov. 10 and 11. Applications are due by Sept. 1 for the October program and Oct. 1 for the November program. Diversity Overnight is designed for smart, curious high school seniors from diverse backgrounds, to give them an in-depth look at the opportunities available to Case Western students. More information and the application can be found at

Denison University will be hosting its fully funded Dialogue with Denison program from November 2-4. Throughout the weekend, participating students will engage in an extensive diversity workshop program, learn more about the resources available to multicultural students, and discover all that Denison has to offer. Academically qualified students from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply directly to the program via this link. Applications are due Tuesday, October 1, and decisions will be released in mid-October.

Oberlin College & Conservatory is offering its annual MVP-Multicultural Visit Program, an all-expenses-paid visit to Oberlin College. The selection committee prioritizes students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds such as:  American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African-American, Hispanic/Latino(a), Native hawaiian or Pacific Islander, low income and/or first generation to college. The application and more information can be found at and the deadline to apply is September 16.

The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) in collaboration with college and university administrators will be hosting their annual College Prep Conference & College Fair on Saturday, September 7. During this conference, students and parents can attend breakout sessions on such topics as Creating a Standout Application, Financial Aid 101, and Parent Purpose: Your Role in the College Admission Process. In addition, breakfast and lunch is provided. To learn more and to register, go to

Starting the week September 9th, CLD’s flagship program, Self-Discovery/ Career Exploration Project begins. The 13-week program provides valuable information to students in 10th, 11th, and 12th Grades on becoming an impactful leader, having strong character, and being ready for college and career life. Students who complete CLD’s Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Program, College Prep Program, and Emerging Scholars Day (see below) will get information on how they can apply for CLD College and Corporate Scholarships! Registration is open now at this link:

The Indianapolis Black Alumni Council is holding its annual Historically Black College & University – HCBU College Fair on September 26 from 6:00-9:00 pm at Crispus Attucks High School. HBCUs are an integral part of a diverse higher education experience and this fair provides a unique opportunity to meet with admissions representatives and learn more about the benefits of attending an HBCU. To learn more and to register for this event, go to

The Indianapolis Black Alumni Council is also holding its annual Scholarship Opportunity Network for seniors with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA on September 27 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. During this special session college recruiters interview students and make on-site offers of admission and academic scholarships! To attend the HBCU Scholarship Opportunity Network, students must complete the online application and upload their academic transcript. For more information on this event and to register, please go to

On Saturday, October 12th, CLD holds its Emerging Scholars – Keys to College Admissions Day at Crispus Attucks High School from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This event is open to all high school students & parents and provides  information about applying to college, writing a college essay, attending a college admissions interview, navigating financial aid and scholarships, and life in college. Also, students who complete CLD’s Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Program, College Prep Program, and Emerging Scholars Day will get information on how they can apply for CLD College and Corporate Scholarships! Registration is now open at this link:

Scholarship News & Updates

Horatio Alger Scholarship application is available now through October 25 to students who show demonstrated financial need. More information can be found on their website.

Coca Cola Scholars application is open now through October 31. 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 now through November 13. The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need – students apply via  the Common App.

Ron Brown Scholars Program application is open now through January. 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.  RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship.

Please reach out to Ms. Shank ( in College Counseling if you have any questions.