Feb 27

College Counseling News – February 27, 2020

The registration deadline for the April 4 ACT is fast approaching! Register by February 28 at http://actstudent.org/register!

Upcoming University Visits

Holy Cross College at Notre Dame – Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 12:50 p.m.

The Ohio State University – Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 1:35 p.m.

Marquette University – Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at 3:15 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Sophomore College Visit Bus Trip
Wednesday, March 4

Greater Indianapolis Northside College Fair
Wednesday, March 11, 6:00-8:00 PM
Grand Park Events Center

The event is sponsored by a consortium of high schools on Indy’s Northside as a way to provide access to college information for local students. Over 100 colleges/universities will be represented at the fair! The event is FREE, and students in all grade levels are welcome to attend. College fairs are an effective way to obtain information about many colleges in one place and in a relatively short period of time. No matter where your student is in their post-secondary planning process, we encourage them to take advantage of this chance to gather information, ask questions, and/or make connections with college representatives. Of course, parents are encouraged to attend too! Students are encouraged to register for the fair in advance at StriveFair.com. Registered students will receive a barcode that they can bring with them to the college fair in order to share their information with admission reps.


The Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) extended the deadline for their scholarships to February 28!

They have added a few new scholarships since the Fall of 2019.  Below you will find the link to the latest CICF Scholarship Guidebook.


Applicants can gain access to the portal by using the link on the website or by using the link below.


Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council Application – AVAILABLE NOW

We are looking for current sophomores and juniors with a heart for service and a desire to make a difference. This is a wonderful chance to interact with the Mayor and other city leaders, and help shape the future of Indianapolis.

This is an open application process. Interested students can submit the application directly via the information provided on the form. Applications are due March 27 by 5pm, and this deadline will NOT be extended. Note that references and signatures are required, so students should not put this off until the last minute.

We ask that students have a 2.5 GPA, and via the signature of the school principal, that you are comfortable with them potentially taking on this position. After the applications are reviewed, some students will be invited to interview.

The application is available here.

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

Kelly Shank – National Associate for College Admission Counseling Podcast – “How Families Can Talk About Paying for College

Spring Opportunity

Harvard College Vision Global Health and Leadership Conference

We would like to invite high school students from your school to the fourth annual Global Health and Leadership Conference on April 24th-26th, 2020 at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts hosted by Harvard Global Health Institute and Harvard College VISION. Students can apply here: https://forms.gle/nxrrZVY6RCm75Qvh9

The deadline is February 29th. The conference is for any high school student (grades 9-12). Please contact us with any questions:


Summer Opportunities

The University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) offers unique summer camp experiences, perfect for high school students who are interested in pursuing careers in STEM.

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

Equity and Inclusion Announcements

Purdue University’s Business Opportunity Program’s (BOP) Future Scholars Camp seeks to bring top students from historically underrepresented minority groups to Purdue’s campus for one week in July (July 12-18, 2020). Students attend workshops taught by Krannert faculty and corporate partners, team up with other students to use critical thinking skills for a competitive case competition, experience life at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus, and receive inside information about Purdue’s admission process and financial aid opportunities. The BOP Future Scholars Summer Camp targets students who are rising high school seniors and have at least a 3.3/4.0 unweighted GPA. To learn more and to apply by the May 1 deadline, go to BOP Future Scholars Camp.

Project SEED at IUPUI in partnership with the Indiana Section of the American Chemical Society has been providing rewarding summer research experiences to qualified Indianapolis-area high school students for many years. Local professors and industrial scientists open their research labs to these high school students in order to expose them to the scientific research experience. Project SEED accepts students whose family income meets certain Financial Eligibility Guidelines. To learn more and apply by the April 1 deadline, please go to Project SEED.

Project Stepping Stone is a college preparatory program for Indiana’s top Hispanic/Latino high school students. During the one-week summer program (June 14 – 20, 2020), selected Hispanic/Latino students will visit several of Indiana’s leading college campuses and also be introduced to potential careers while visiting corporations. To learn more and apply by the March 13 deadline, please visit this link:  Project Stepping Stone

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, other opportunities, go to this link: UNCF.

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:  College Fly-ins and Diversity Programs

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

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 IU Jim Holland Summer Science Programs are specifically designed to address the ethnic and racial disparities that exist in STEM fields by offering high-achieving underrepresented students, including African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American or Native Pacific Islander, entering grades 9-12 the opportunity to apply for its summer enrichment programs in science. For more information and to submit an application by the April 13, 2020 deadline, please visit http://go.iu.edu/holland.

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.

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

Students interested in Scholarships for Muslim Students can find information about opportunities Here.

Questions about Equity and Inclusion announcements? Contact Beth Newman at bnewman@brebeuf.org.

Scholarship Information

March 1 – Carmel Tri Kappa

$3,000 scholarships will be awarded to female high school seniors who reside in ether Carmel or Westfield. Applicants must demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, extra curricular activities and a commitment to community service. And the application can be found here.

March 15 – AABE Scholarship deadline

AABE is a national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues. AABE’s National mission is to provide: energy industry education, professional development opportunities, community service and scholarships for students entering a STEM related field. Our Vision is to educate, inform, and grow the network of Indiana energy professionals.  Through the work of various members of the AABE National Scholarship Committee, Chapter Presidents, Regional Directors, local Scholarship Committees and many AABE volunteers nationwide, the AABE Scholarship Program is advertised and applications are solicited from eligible candidates nation-wide. The Indiana AABE Chapter is offering (5) Scholarships totaling to $10,000: $3,000, $2,500, $2,000, $1,500, and $1,000. Scholarship applications are due by March 15, 2020. For any questions please email scholarship@aabe.org. Applications can be found here.

April 1 – Indiana Sheriffs’ Association, Inc Scholarship Fund

The Indiana Sheriffs’ Association Scholarship fund was established for the purpose of receiving, investing and dispensing of funds to provide college scholarships to qualified students who are committed to pursuing an education and career in the law enforcement field. Applications for this scholarship can be found in Ms. Shank’s office.

April 3 – Indiana Chapter of Women’s International Network of Utility Professionals (WiNUP)

Our STEM scholarship committee is offering a $500 scholarship to students planning to attend school after high school in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics curriculum.  Please invite your students to apply for this scholarship. We have been offering this opportunity for several years now and are happy to make this offer again for 2020. Our application can be found here. Selecting the blue $500 STEM Scholarship button will open the scholarship pdf that can then be downloaded.  Instructions for completion are included in the scholarship pdf. I will add that my newest 2019 version of Adobe Acrobat Reader has a tool called Fill & Sign that allows for creation of an expandable text box anywhere on a pdf. If students don’t want to print the form, then write in answers by hand, and lastly scan it to send back to us, they can use this tool to easily fill in their downloaded form. The deadline for submission of the application and other requested documents is Friday, April 3rd at 5 PM EST.

April 15 – Bill of Rights Institute – We the Student Essay Contest

For this year’s We the Students Essay Contest, we are challenging students to tell us what civil discourse means to them. The students who provide the most thoughtful, meaningful responses to this question will receive scholarship awards of up to $7,500. A total of fourteen students will receive scholarship prizes totaling $20,000.