Dec 11

College Counseling News – December 11, 2019


Upcoming Visits

Colleges Coast-to-Coast Alumni Panel
Thursday, January 9
10:35-11:15 a.m. in the Efroymson Auditorium

Historically Black College and University (HBCU) Panel 
Thursday, January 9
1:55-2:35 p.m. in the Efroymson Auditorium

Evening with Freshman and Sophomore Families 
Wednesday, January 22
6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Efroymson Auditorium

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

Test Optional: Changes ahead for Indiana University System – FAQ’s – Mrs. Easterday

Understanding Your Junior Year PSAT Score – Mrs. Davis

Summer Opportunities

Vanderbilt University: Nashville, TNVanderbilt Summer Academy

June 14 – July 25 VSA is a residential academic program that offers accelerated courses, dynamic recreational activities, and the opportunity for academically gifted students to learn from content experts and each other within a supportive environment. As a VSA student, you will take accelerated courses with instructors drawn from the wealth of talented faculty and scholars here in the Vanderbilt University and Nashville communities. Outside the classroom, students participate in a variety of evening activities, explore extracurricular enrichment activities and have free time to make new friends. Program Contact Email:

Jacobs University Bremen: Bremen, GermanyJacobs University Summer Camp

Take the opportunity to spend your summer at an international university, and meet young people from all over the world! Join us for an amazing experience over the summer! The Jacobs University Summer Camp is a great opportunity for high school students to find out what it is like to study at an academically-challenging, international, English-speaking university in Europe. Students will participate in different workshops from one of the following categories:

    1. Social Sciences, Economics and Management

    2. Mathematics and Physics

    3. Energy, Resources and Technology

Program Cost: €450 (approx. $510). The fee includes room and board for the duration of the camp, excursions within the context of the Summer Camp, and participation in the workshops. We will also offer optional German-language courses as an add-on to the Summer Camp at an additional cost. Please refer to the Summer Camp website for more details. Program Contact Email:

Trinity College Dublin, the University of Dublin: Dublin, Ireland

STEM summer program – Walton Club at Trinity College Dublin

Trinity Walton Club, through the Walton International program, is delighted to offer high school students a unique 10-day STEM (Physics, Technology, Engineering and Math) educational experience at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. As a Walton International Alpha, you will work alongside like-minded Irish students, STEM academics, and PhD students from Trinity College, while engaging in STEM activities such as designing mathematical functions; building micro-controlled projects; experimenting with Newton’s Laws, and more! Additionally, you will experience what the internationally renowned Trinity College, the University of Dublin, and Ireland, have to offer as a prospective undergraduate student. Program Contact Email:

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

Scholarship Information

Dec. 14 – Silver Pen Writing Competition ($1500) deadline

Silver Pen is open to all high school seniors who live or attend school within 25 miles of the community they are applying to (The Stratford – Carmel, IN). Employees of the community are also eligible. There is no GPA requirement for this writing competition.

Dec. 15 – Application deadline for the Danforth Scholars Program at Washington University in Saint Louis 

The Danforth Scholars Program honors students with a passion for helping others. We are looking for students who have demonstrated leadership in service and a strong commitment to community. Danforth Scholars are also known for their academic excellence, personal integrity, and high ideals.

Jan. 2 – Foot Locker Student Athlete Scholarship application deadline

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities.

Jan. 4 – GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship program application deadline

Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.

Jan. 15 – Deadline to apply (current Juniors) for The Coolidge Scholarship 

Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans on enrolling in college in the fall of 2021 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply. The Coolidge Foundation invites the top 100 applicants to participate in its Coolidge Senators Program, which includes an all-expenses-paid Summit Weekend in Washington, D.C and a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Applicants who make it to the finalist level, but do not ultimately win the full scholarship, receive a one- time finalist scholarship of $5,000.

College-Bound Student-Athletes 

If you are a student-athlete planning to compete at the college level, please remember that you must achieve at least a 2.3 GPA in core academic courses to be eligible. Also, please remember to enter 9999 on the College Board and/or ACT student websites to send your SAT and/or ACT scores to the NCAA. Download and read the updated NCAA College-Bound Student-Athlete Guide for more information about the initial-eligibility and recruiting process:

Equity and Inclusion Announcements

The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) on Dr. Martin Luther King Street in downtown Indianapolis has the mission to empower African American youth to discover their highest academic, college, and career potential. Taking part in CLD’s Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Project during second semester of junior year, if not earlier, along with other CLD programs can potentially result in a full tuition scholarship to one of CLD’s Partner Colleges. To learn more, consider attending CLD’s upcoming Open House on Friday, December 13, 5:00-8:00 p.m., call (317) 923-8111, or go online to

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

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.

The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) offers programs to learn more about careers in business (Business Orientation Project) and medicine (Rawls Scholars Medicine Initiative). To learn more about these multi-week programs that start in January 2020 and to register, please go to or call (317) 923-8111.

The Balfour Scholars Program at Indiana University is a free program for high school juniors designed to encourage academic and career development as well as minimize misperceptions about affordability. It addresses unfamiliarity with higher education and difficulties with cultural adjustment that prevent students from successfully matriculating and graduating from college.  To be eligible, students must be African-American, Latinx, and/or indigenous Native American and have a 2.7 GPA or higher in a college preparatory program. Mark your calendars, the application for the 2020 Balfour Pre-College Academy opens February 1, 2020 and closes March 31, 2020. For more information, click here.

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 American students. 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 – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially our disadvantaged youth. The final deadline for this scholarship is January 9. Learn more and apply.

The Center for Leadership Development (CLD) and Eli Lilly & Co. will be offering the Lilly Youth Summit on January 20, 2020, an annual event for CLD alumni in grades 11-12 to learn about different careers at Lilly. The deadline to register for this event is January 18, 2020. To learn more and to register, please go to

Questions about Equity and Inclusion announcements? Contact Beth Newman at