Aug 19

College Counseling News – August 19, 2020

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Important Updates from the College Counseling Office:

Students are required to complete a Google Form upon entry into the College and Academic offices for contact tracing purposes. A QR code, which links to the form, can be found at Mrs. Wolfe’s desk.

Students will receive an email from their college counselor in the coming weeks with  information on scheduling one on one meetings. Counselors ask that when possible, students schedule meetings in advance, via a link in their email.

Upcoming Events:

A Virtual Evening with IU and Purdue – Thursday, September 3, 6:30-7:30 p.m. More information, including a link to access this event will be emailed closer to the date.

Virtual Evening with Senior Families – Thursday, September 10, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. A link to join this event will be sent directly to students and parents of the class of 2021.

College Visits:

Like most things, our plans for in person college visits have been impacted by COVID-19. Many colleges are not traveling for visits this fall, thus we have opted to host all college visits to Brebeuf virtually via SCOIR. Visits will still take place during PRTs and are open to any Brebeuf Jesuit student. Students will need to register for these visits in SCOIR in order to access the visit link. Please email your college counselor if you have any questions.

Updated direct admission criteria for Kelley School of Business at IU-Bloomington

Scholarship Information

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

Questbridge National College Match – **application deadline is September 26.

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.

Horatio Alger Scholarship 

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 

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

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.

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.

Bryan Scholars

Students who are interested in attending Davidson College are eligible for nomination for the Bryan Scholars Program. Interested students should email Ms. Shank at (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.

Robertson Scholar program at UNC Chapel Hill and Duke

The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program provides eight semesters of full tuition, room and board, and most mandatory fees for Scholars at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. Scholars also have access to generous funding for up to three summer experiences, funding for conferences throughout the academic year, and for two semesters of study abroad.

There is no ‘typical’ Robertson Scholar but successful candidates share a number of common traits: Purposeful Leadership, Strength of Character, Intellectual Curiosity, and Collaborative Spirit.

Cameron Impact Scholarship

The Cameron Impact Scholarship program honors high achieving students who excel in a broad range of extracurricular activities, are motivated leaders with a strong work ethic, who actively participate in community service. The Foundation will allocate approximately a quarter of the scholarships to individuals pursuing careers in education, nonprofits, government, and/or military and have a stated professional goal of public service.

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.

Please email Ms. Shank if you’d like more information on this scholarship.

As always, please pay close attention to the requirements for each scholarship, as well as their due date. If letters of recommendation are needed, feel free to reach out to your college counselor. We are also happy to help review all scholarship application materials, including essays and resumes.

What we’re reading and listening to this week!

Mrs. Davis & Mrs. Otteson – NACAC’s Report on Standardized Testing

Mrs. Otteson- Lumina podcast, “College Admissions- And What’s a Good College Anyway”  (Thank you Colleen O’Brien for forwarding!)

Mrs. Newman – NCAA Announces Flexibility in Initial-Eligibility Criteria

Mrs. Easterday – Life Kit: An Illustrated Guide To Showing Up For Yourself

Ms. Shank – Interrupting Racism – Equity and Social Justice in School Counseling

Student-Athlete/Recruiting Announcements 

The NCAA has announced the good news that students in the class of 2021 who initially enroll full time in college during the 2021-22 academic year 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 II 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 2021-22 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

Equity and Inclusion Announcements

Learn more about the black student experience on a predominantly white college campus by attending  Black Student Life on a PWI Campus . This session will give black students tools to be successful when getting involved in student life and will  include information on sororities and fraternities, academic clubs, cultural and/or affinity groups, and student government.

The 41st annual Indianapolis Black Alumni Council’s HBCU College Fair will be held on October 1-2virtually this year. This event provides high school students and their families an opportunity to learn more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities and all they have to offer. In addition to providing a high quality education – 50% of black engineers and 65% of black doctors have earned their degrees from HBCUs – students who attend HBCUs have the opportunity to learn and explore college life around others who share similar life experiences, which can help them feel more at home than at PWIs – Predominantly White Institutions. Learn more about the upcoming HBCU College Fair Here, and learn more about HBCUs and all they have to offer Here.

Hopkins Online Multicultural Experience (HOME) connects African American, Black, Latinx, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, and multiracial high school seniors to the people, organizations, and resources that unite Johns Hopkins University’s multicultural community. To learn more and apply for the program, visit HOME at Johns Hopkins University.

The Health Careers Opportunities Program to Increase Needed Diversity (HCOP INDY) offers programs for economically challenged students who live in Marion County and have an interest in health-related careers. HCOP’s College Prep Academy is a 20-week Saturday program for current juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a healthcare career and preparing for college. The program will run, via zoom, on Saturdays from 9am-3pm from October 24, 2020- March 6, 2021. Participants will receive an $800 stipend for completing the program. Students must submit an application, transcript, one letter of reference with the recommendation form, and a personal statement of interest. The College Prep Academy application and recommendation form (due by October 2, 2020) can be found Here.

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