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College Counseling News – February 9, 2022


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Tips and Strategies for a Successful College Admission Interview

From preparing for questions to practicing “interview etiquette,” students have a lot to remember when it comes to college admission interviews. In this blog post, we share our best tips and strategies for students to make a great first impression in their interview.

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Midwest Student Exchange Program

The Midwest Student Exchange Program, or MSEP, is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Through the MSEP, public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs; private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates. All enrollment decisions are made at the discretion of the receiving campus and the campus may exercise its right to limit participation or set specific admission requirements for MSEP.


Attention Seniors!

As you receive admission decisions from colleges/universities, please don’t forget to share the news with your college counselor and also stop by the college counseling office to RING THE BELL!

We look forward to celebrating with you soon!

Also, don’t forget to share information with us on any Merit Scholarship Awards!

Email your College Counselor or Mrs. Wolfe with the awards that you have been offered.


What We’re Reading, Following, and Listening to This Week


Scholarship Updates

Tip for students and families: Students should be applying to somewhere between 7-10 scholarships per month. The best places to start are listed below. Utilize Big Future on the College Board website as a great launching point. Diversify the scholarships to which you are applying, and don’t only go for the ones with large dollar amounts.

Students Here’s What You Should Be Doing Right Now:

  1. Applying to 7-10 scholarships EACH MONTH
  2. Look at the priority deadline for scholarships at EACH school you’re applying to, don’t miss a deadline
  3. Be sure that you’re indicating on your application that you would like to be considered for merit scholarships
  4. Utilize the scholarship search engines below to begin targeting scholarships for which you qualify

Here is a link to the document that was included in our end-of-year newsletter last year, which includes strategies for searching and applying for scholarships. The scholarship summer update can be found here. I would encourage each of you to begin your scholarship search by logging into your College Board account and creating a scholarship search using the Big Future feature.

I am happy to assist students with their scholarship searches and applications, but it is imperative that students are the drivers of this process.

Before I am able to help you with your search, I need to know the following information:

  • Where have you already looked for scholarships?
  • What scholarships have you already applied for?
  • Where are you applying to/where have you been admitted? 

START HERE:

Scholarship Search Engines

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.

New This Week

The Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is pleased to provide its student scholarship application packet. This packet should be distributed to African-American high school seniors who identify as female.  The deadline to submit applications is 11:59 pm on Friday, February 25, 2022.

All inquiries should be directed to scholarship@dstiac.org. 

Complete application packets can be found in Mrs. Lawson’s Office.

We The Students 2022 Essay Contest – Due 4.15.2022

We are excited to announce the launch of the Bill of Rights Institute’s 2022 We the Students Essay Contest!

The grand prize is $7,500 and a scholarship to the Constitutional Academy summer program in Washington, DC. Submissions are due April 15th at 11:59 p.m. ET.

This year’s topic is: How does an understanding of natural rights and respect build a free society?

Answering the question requires an understanding of natural rights and how they relate to the principle of respect and how the flourishing of a free society is dependent upon them. To truly explore this question in an essay that is between 500 -800 words, students will need to go beyond “dictionary definitions,” and express their understanding and reasoning about the connections among these principles. This reasoning involves a combination of observation, experience, and some pretty “big ideas.” What does it take to understand them? To build toward and maintain them? To see them with regard to each other? Why are these relationships important?

Students are encouraged to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples, and well-researched facts into what they write. A good essay will demonstrate how these principles are not just abstract ideas but are part of people’s everyday actions and choices.

Hibernian Scholarship – Due 2.7.2022

This year we are proud to offer the following scholarships, each worth $1500:

  • Hibernian Kehoe Scholarship
  • Katie White AOH Scholarship
  • Denis Moriarty AOH Scholarship
  • Jim McCaughna AOH Scholarship

More information can be found at https://aohindy.com/hibernian-scholarship-application/.

The deadline to apply is February 7.

Scholarships

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is available for all seniors.  Since 2018, nearly one million students have joined this program, which provides students with a digital college planning guide and chances to earn $500 for each action they complete.  When students complete all six steps, they earn a chance at a $40,000 scholarshipStudents whose families earn less than $60,000 per year have double the chances to earn scholarships

High school seniors can visit cb.org/opportunity to join.  This year, the College Board Opportunity Scholarships is introducing some changes, all to support more students with planning and paying for college, especially in these challenging times:

  • More Winners: Starting with the class of 2022, the program will recognize even more students. More than 7,000 students will earn a scholarship each year, nearly double the number of winners recognized in previous years.
  • New Explore Scholarships Step: There is a new step to help students find other scholarships that may be a good fit for them. Students can earn chances at $500 scholarships by exploring a personalized list of scholarships and other aid on College Board Scholarship Search.
  • Practice for the SAT Step: This simplified step guides students to get started with personalized skill recommendations, a best practice behavior associated with higher score gains. Students can become eligible for $500 scholarships by completing one Timed Mini Section or one Diagnostic Quiz on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.

Silver Pen Writing Contest – 2.11.21

The Stratford, a retirement community located at 2460 Glebe Street, Carmel, IN 46032, is proud to offer the Silver Pen Writing Competition again for the 2021-2022 school year. Silver Pen is a unique opportunity to bridge the communication gap between younger and older generations. Members at The Stratford will judge the essays and ultimately choose four (3) ranked winners.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

  • First place will receive $2,500,
  • Second place will receive $750,
  • Third place will receive $500.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

The Silver Pen Writing Competition is open to all high school seniors who live or attend school within 25 miles of The Stratford. Employees and children of employees at The Stratford are eligible as well as Members grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-nieces, and great-nephews with no distance restrictions. There is no GPA requirement for this writing competition.

2021-2022 ESSAY TOPIC

How have the extracurricular programs such as music, art, clubs, and/or sports teams benefited your educational and personal growth? How do you feel it would affect the education system if they were taken away?

ESSAY RULES

  • Essay must be the applicant’s original work
  • Applicants may only enter ONE time and only apply to ONE community. Students’ who do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified.
  • Essays must be a minimum of 1000 words and DOUBLE SPACED. (Please include a cover page and any necessary citations on a works cited page.)
  • Quotations may be used sparingly, and sources must be clearly identified

APPLYING

The following items must be included with your application:

  1. Application form
  2. Copy of transcript (can be unofficial)
  3. Personal Essay

The Martin Luther King Junior Essay Writing Contest – Due 2.28.22

The 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest is now open! Students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in this contest.

Students are being asked to write their essays based on the following quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiples hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.”

More specific contest information can be found on the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest website, https://iasp.org/students/mlk-jr-essay/. The online submission deadline is February 28, 2022.

Future Leadership Scholarship – Due 5.1.22

  • Scholarship Name: Future Leaders Scholarship
  • Eligibility: All high school and college students with a track record of leadership in one’s school, community, or personal life are eligible to apply.
  • Amount: $1,000
  • Application Deadline: 05/1/22

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


Student Athletes/Recruitment Information

On Tuesday, January 11, more than 8,500 college-bound student-athletes from around the country joined the NCAA Eligibility Center’s staff for a one-hour webinar. Staff discussed requirements student-athletes must know in order to be eligible to play Division I or II sports. A question-and-answer session was held at the end of the event with Eligibility Center staff on hand to answer submitted questions. Click here to watch the recording.

Student-athletes enrolling at an NCAA Division I or II school starting in winter/spring 2022 will be able to request Final Amateurism Certification starting October 1. Student-athletes enrolling at an NCAA Division I or II school starting in fall 2022 will be able to request Final Amateurism Certification starting April 1. To request final amateurism, students must log in to their Eligibility Center account and complete the “Request Final Amateurism Certification” task. Students must have paid their registration fee or been approved for a fee waiver in order to request their final amateurism certification. Have questions on how to request final amateurism? Click here to view a tutorial or contact NCAA staff at 877-262-1492.

The Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is the NCAA’s most comprehensive student resource.

The NCAA’s Initial Eligibility Brochure provides a general overview of the NCAA Eligibility Center requirements and students can learn which of the NCAA Divisions might be a good fit for them by comparing the three divisions.

Students planning to compete at the NCAA DI or DII levels must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

The NCAA has announced that students in the Class of 2022 who initially enroll full time in college during the 2022-2023 academic years 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 DII 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 2022-23 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 bnewman@brebeuf.org, to ask any questions or to schedule a time to meet.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Announcements

The Indiana Latino Institute is holding the 2nd FREE Workshop in a series of different topics targeting Hispanic/Latinx high school students preparing for college. The next Workshop is on Scholarships and Financial Resources led by Indiana University. It will be this Saturday, February 12, 2022, from 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EST (9:30-10:30 Central). To register to join us on this date:        https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAofu2tqzkqE9Wgig_H0V8dstHw5Us1akCv.

This event is FREE and open to ALL Junior and Senior students looking for opportunities to pay for college.  It will be in English but will have specific additional information for DACA and undocumented Latino students.

We are pleased to announce that College Counseling and the GSA – Gender Sexuality Alliance – will be teaming up to hold our annual LGBTQ+ College Student Experience Panel on Thursday, February 17 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Hear insights and advice from Brebeuf alumni, admissions representatives, and a parent. Students and parents are welcome to attend this virtual event. Please register at this Link.

Indiana University’s Legendary African American Dance Company (AADC) is offering their Annual Dance Workshop on March 4-5, 2022. For the past 23 years, the Workshop has exposed students and the community to dance from the African American and African diaspora perspective through master classes, performances, and enlightening dialogues. IU is pleased to announce the return of scholarships for visiting students. Students who win scholarships will have their full workshop registration fees waived, which includes a lunch, on Saturday, March 5. Scholarships will be offered to high school students (grades 9–12) who meet the eligibility requirements, and fully complete an application. There are a limited number of scholarships available, and not all students who meet the eligibility requirements will be selected. The scholarship application portal can be accessed through this link: go.iu.edu/aadcdwapply. The deadline for Scholarship applications is Sunday, February 20, 2020. 

If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask. Please email  aadcdw@indiana.edu as well as samhyde@iu.edu.

The Indianapolis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. is pleased to provide its student scholarship application packet. This packet is intended for African-American high school seniors who identify as female. Scholarships range from $500, to $1,500, to $2,500 and the deadline to submit applications is 11:59 pm on Friday, February 25, 2022. This is a link to a folder with the application and other documents: Delta Sigma Theta Scholarship. All inquiries should be directed to scholarship@dstiac.org.

To help first-generation, low-income, and minority students access and complete college, The Sallie Mae Fund, the charitable arm of Sallie Mae®, has again partnered with Thurgood Marshall College Fund to offer scholarships through its Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program. The Bridging the Dream Scholarship for High School Seniors: The Sallie Mae Fund will award (25) $10,000 scholarships to high school seniors who plan to enroll in a two- or four-year degree professional certificate, or vocational training program. Seniors who excel inside and outside of the classroom and demonstrate financial need can apply NOW through Feb. 28 at www.salliemae.com/landing/bridging-the-dream. The Completing the Dream Scholarship: The Sallie Mae Fund will award (185) gap scholarships worth up to $2,500 each to minority students and those from underserved communities who are on track to graduate but are at-risk of not completing due to financial emergency or unpaid school bill. Students can apply NOW for the Completing the Dream Scholarship at www.salliemae.com/landing/completing-the-dream.

The 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest is now open! Students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in this contest. Students are being asked to write their essays based on the following quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:  “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction.” More specific contest information can be found on the Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest website, MLK Essay Contest. The online submission deadline is February 28, 2022.

Real Talk is excited to launch its spring season with a two-night HBCU Edition on March 2 and 3, when a variety of campus representatives and current HBCU students will share key information about the college admissions process, scholarships, student life, and more. This Real Talk event is the perfect opportunity to hear directly from the source and gain the insight you need to help you decide which of the 100+ HBCUs across the country should be added to your college lists. So, tune in to Real Talk: HBCU Edition on Wednesday, March 2, and Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. ET. RSVP Here

There are many education grants in the United States from notable African American advancement organizations, like the NAACP, UNCF and the Congressional Black Caucus, Inc.

Institutional scholarships from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); including scholarships specific to foundations, such as the Jackie Robinson Foundation, Rosa L. Parks Scholarship Foundation, Thurgood Marshall College Fund and many more. Go to College Scholarships for African American Students to learn more about these opportunities that total more than $255,000!

The 2022 QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program application opens in early February. Applicants will need to write one personal essay (650-word limit). Students are encouraged to watch the Write a College Essay that Stands Out webinar and start working on their essays before the application opens so they have extra time to draft, edit, and polish their writing. A wide range of awards and opportunities for College Prep Scholars, including full scholarships to college summer programs hosted by Yale, UChicago, Emory, and more are available. In addition, three new college partners — Case Western Reserve University, College of the Holy Cross, and Middlebury College — will be participating in the 2022 College Prep Scholars Program. Students will have the opportunity to get to know all 48 college partners at QB’s National College Admissions Conferences.

The 2022 PREFACE Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute! PREFACE is a summer program for talented students who have been historically under-represented in science, engineering, and the technological fields, and who express a strong, early interest in pursuing careers in these areas. This year’s program will take place virtually weekdays, Monday, June 27 through Tuesday, July 12, 2022 (12 days). The PREFACE Program is for students who will be entering the 11th or 12th grade in the fall. Interested candidates should review the information on the PREFACE website and complete the online application. Completed applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 15, 2022.

The Indiana Latino Institute and Indiana colleges & universities raise their total Latino Hoosier scholarship pledges to $17 million, with five more colleges committing $6 million

Indianapolis, IN – Today (1/26/22) Indiana Latino Institute (ILI) is pleased to announce that 5 additional schools – Butler University, Indiana University Northwest, Valparaiso University, Wabash College and Franklin College–have pledged $6 million in scholarships for Latino students, joining 18 other institutions (Anderson University, Goshen College, Grace College, Ivy Tech Central/SouthBend/Evansville, Marian University, St. Joseph’s College of Marian University, Holy Cross College, Indiana State University, IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU South Bend, IU Southeast, Oakland City University, Purdue University, University of Evansville, and University of Indianapolis) demonstrating their commitments to recruit and graduate more Latino students.

Colby College in Maine, an excellent small liberal arts & sciences college, is pleased to announce the Weiland Welcome Grant, a $3 million gift from Trustee Emerita Nancy Weiland ’65 and Andrew Weiland ’64. Through this newly created endowed fund, all incoming first-year students with an expected parent or guardian contribution of $0 will receive $1,250 in addition to financial aid to address unexpected expenses such as technology needs, course materials, or travel home. The gift is an extension of the Colby Commitment, which ensures the most talented students from all backgrounds have access to the best possible education.

Thrive at IUPUI is a scholarship program for incoming, first-year, independent students that aims at unlocking one’s potential. Who are your independent youth that are eligible for THRIVE at IUPUI? Students eligible have been in foster care, have been a dependent or ward of the court, or are living with a court-appointed guardian. Students who experience housing insecurity or homelessness – students who face housing challenges can have very different experiences but still qualify, they could be living with friends or relatives who are not their parent or guardian (or “couch-surfing”), living in an emergency shelter, living in transitional housing programs or group homes, living in a car, park, campground, abandoned building, bus station, or other public place; any student who does not have fixed, adequate housing or is at a continuing risk of homelessness qualifies. Students who are emancipated or unaccompanied –students who are living on their own independently, having been legally emancipated or not, who are unaccompanied by a parent. This can include situations where students have left abusive environments, have been abandoned by parents, or parents are incarcerated. Students who are independently caring for dependents or are providing the primary support for their family – students who may have a household with adults present, but they are acting as head of that household and/or providing the primary support for their family, including but not limited to having their own children or raising younger family members. Students who may fit these experiences are encouraged to apply at thrive.iupui.edu.  For any questions you have, please feel free to contact the THRIVE Program at wethrive@iupui.edu. Students who have a child, who have a physical disability, or who have foster care or similar backgrounds are also encouraged to learn about the Nina Scholars Program, which covers tuition at IUPUI for up to six years and includes a living stipend. If you have questions about this program, connect at nina@iupui.edu.

Research has shown that many young men are choosing paths other than college. To counter this trend, a diverse group of fraternity alumni founded the Men’s College Scholarship which will award $50,000 in scholarships this year to inspire college attendance and academic success by young men. The scholarship is designed to identify and reward outstanding high school male seniors who have demonstrated an ability to excel in the fields of academics, extra-curricular school activities, and community involvement. The scholarship is available to any male, graduating senior from an accredited high school who is enrolling in a four-year undergraduate college program that commences in the fall. To learn more and apply by the April 1, 2022 deadline, please visit Men’s College Scholarship.

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, an opportunity 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 Informational Video for information on upcoming programs and CLD High School Programs and Initiatives.

College Thriver, an app and platform for student success, aims to bridge the equity gap specifically for students of color by connecting them to timely college and career preparation tools and resources through technology.

The Krannert School of Management at Purdue University is offering a FREE summer program called BOP Future Scholars Summer Camp and you’re invited to apply for this great opportunity! The BOP Future Scholars Summer Camp seeks to bring the top students from historically underrepresented diverse groups to Purdue University’s West Lafayette campus from Sunday, July 10th– Saturday, July 16th to: attend workshops taught by Krannert faculty and corporate partners; team up with other students and use critical thinking skills for a competitive case competition; experience life at Purdue’s West Lafayette campus; receive inside information about Purdue’s admission process and financial aid opportunities; and make connections with new friends and create unforgettable memories! 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. The application plus more information on the program can be found at BOP Future Scholars Camp. The application will be available starting January 24, 2022 and is due by May 1, 2022 for priority consideration.

TheDream.US, the nation’s largest Scholarship program for immigrant youth, 2022-23 Scholarship Programs are OPEN NOW for Undocumented students who have DACA, TPS, or who arrived in the country before November 1, 2016, came to the US before the age of 16, and otherwise meet the DACA eligibility criteria. TheDream.US offers two types of scholarships depending on where the applicant lives. For your state, they can apply to the Opportunity Scholarship to attend one of 5 Partner Colleges in another state. The Opportunity Scholarship is for students who live in 20 targeted, locked-out states where they cannot access in-state tuition. The Opportunity Scholarship provides up to $80,000 to cover tuition, fees, on-campus housing, and meals for a bachelor’s degree. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2022. Learn more at the TheDream.US.

Questioning one’s gender identity or sexual orientation can be difficult and confusing — for kids and their parents. What’s the best way to support a child who’s unsure of their identity? How do you show up for them while dealing with your own big emotions? And what if they’re in serious distress along the way? This week on childmind.orgthere is guidance for families of kids who are questioning their gender or sexual identity. The most important thing is to offer them unconditional love and support, no matter where their questions take them. Updated advice on recognizing and treating gender dysphoria — intense distress that stems from an overwhelming sense that one’s assigned gender is wrong – is provided. Gender dysphoria is common among young people who are questioning their gender or who identify as transgender, and it’s important for kids who experience it to get mental health support. Please go to How to Support Kids Who Are Questioning for more information.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority National Education Fund seeks to remove barriers for women by providing access to scholarships, leadership development, and community enhancement programs. Several scholarships are awarded annually to graduating high school seniors who demonstrate financial need. To learn more and apply, please visit Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority National Education Fund Scholarships.

As one of the nation’s largest need-based college scholarship programs, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need. To learn more and to apply, please visit the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs.

McDonald’s offers the McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship to Hispanic students who want to make a positive difference in the world. To learn more and apply, please go here.

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Cooke College Scholars receive up to $55,000 per year.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation  provides a multi-faceted experience designed to not only address the financial needs of students who aspire to attend college but to guide them through the process of higher education. To learn more and to apply for the 4-year scholarship, please visit Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Through exclusive funding opportunities, Bold.org broadens access to higher education in an affordable and sustainable way. Check out this list of Scholarships for Minority Students through Bold.org.

The National Society of Black Engineers provides various scholarships to members through the NSBE and Corporate Scholarship Programs. Individual scholarships range in value from $500 to $5,000 per year. Scholarships promote academic achievement, and not all have a GPA requirement. Members are encouraged to review the listing of scholarships available for application at NSBE Scholarships.

The Indiana Department of Education has partnered with Schoolhouse.world to support students in grades 8 through 12 with free tutoring for SAT preparation, math courses and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. We hope you will take advantage of this new free service.

The FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid opened on October 1, 2021. All seniors and their parents are encouraged to fill it out. Prior to filling out the FAFSA, students and parents are invited to watch this 30 minute FAFSA Video with Karen Cooper, the Director of Financial Aid at Stanford University, as she works through the FAFSA form.

In order to estimate the amount of aid now that your student may receive and to learn about the differences between loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study, we encourage students and parents to fill out a FAFSA4Caster now and to complete a Net Price Calculator for any colleges of interest. The FAFSA is based on PPY – Prior Prior Year (2020 for the Class of 2022). Therefore, if your family’s finances have changed significantly since 2020, we strongly recommend reaching out to your top school (admissions and financial aid) to explain your current financial situation.

The CSS Profile is a College Board form used by approximately 400 schools to determine a student’s eligibility for institutional aid. While these schools also use the FAFSA to provide aid from the government, the CSS Profile is used by these specific colleges to give out grants, scholarships, and loans directly from the institution.

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Cooke College Scholars receive up to $55,000 per year.

There are 107 HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). To learn more about these institutions and all they have to offer, please go here. To learn more about the most affordable public and private HBCUs, please go here. You may also want to read this article in the Chronicle of Higher Education that reports that Historically Black Colleges are Top Drivers of Social Mobility.  

If interested in learning more about HBCUs, “Real Talk: HBCU Edition” offers a safe space for Black students and their families to connect with colleges from across the country and get the real deal on scholarships, the on-campus experience at HBCUs, and the admissions process. Missed the last Real Talk session? Watch a recording of “Real Talk: What You NEED to Know Edition” to learn about starting the college planning process.

One of the most challenging aspects of college is funding the entire experience – from tuition, to room and board, to entertainment, to travel and a host of other financial obligations. To help make it easier for you to meet the most essential obligations of paying for a college education at an HBCU, please see this HBCU Scholarship List.

In Revisionist History – Project Dillard, listen as Malcolm Gladwell investigates why an Historically Black College and University in New Orleans is beloved by everyone except the US News best colleges rankings. His findings are worth listening to in this Part two of a two-part series on college rankings.

Read about this author’s personal experience attending both a PWI – Predominantly White Institution – and an HBCU – Historically Black College or University in her article: “At Prairie View A&M, my college experience is now complete.” from The Undefeated: The difference between an HBCU and a PWI: I see myself.

The Dr. Cornell A. Bell Business Opportunity Program (BOP) at Purdue University seeks the best and brightest student leaders from diverse backgrounds who want to pursue business majors and management careers in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue. BOP’s mission is to produce the next wave of business and community leaders by providing student participants with academic, financial, and social support that will aid them in achieving short term and long term college and career goals.

The IU Groups Scholars Program was created in 1968 as a way to increase college attendance among first-generation, underrepresented students at Indiana University Bloomington. The IU Groups Scholars Program provides academic, financial, and social support to help students attain a bachelor’s degree through an extensive student support system, including academic advising, tutoring, enrollment in specialized courses, and activities designed to foster academic success and degree completion. In order to be eligible for the IU Groups Scholars Program, an applicant must meet certain income and academic guidelines (see page 3 of 2022 Groups Scholars Application Worksheet). For example, a family of four must have an annual income below $65,000, and a student must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

The Hudson & Holland Scholars Program at Indiana University is open to all students but strong consideration is given to students from underrepresented minority backgrounds. Seniors with at least a 3.2 GPA and a record of leadership qualify to apply. Students who apply to IU by November 1 can be invited to complete the Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) to be considered for scholarships including the Hudson &  Holland Scholars Program. Students admitted to IU who do not receive an SSA invitation may also request an application from the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program website.

In an effort to allow students the opportunity to connect directly with Stanford University’s diverse community, they are hosting Community Conversations, a series of virtual information sessions providing culturally inclusive and relevant information to students about Stanford’s admission process, campus community centers, and diverse student body. Community Conversations are open to students of ALL backgrounds, regardless of how they may identify, but Stanford especially encourages participants from historically underrepresented groups, including Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander American, LGBTQ+, and first-generation and/or low-income college students. To register and find a detailed calendar of Community Conversations and other virtual events, please visit the Virtual Admission Events webpage.

By 2020, 62 percent of jobs in Indiana will require some form of postsecondary credential, yet just 42 percent of Marion County residents have the education and training they need. Indy Achieves was created to help Indy residents pursue and complete a postsecondary education. Whether you are pursuing a traditional bachelor’s degree or an industry certification, Indy Achieves can help you. Every Marion County resident should have access to the jobs of the 21st century. Indy Achieves will make the journey easier for Indianapolis families by removing barriers and providing a debt-free pathway to a better future.

Are you a high school junior from a lower socioeconomic background who has excelled academically but feels that many of the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to some of  the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college. The deadline for seniors has passed, but juniors should keep this opportunity in mind for early next fall. Watch the QuestBridge video here to learn more.

The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective scholarship for outstanding minority high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of student leaders to help them realize their maximum potential. To learn more and apply, please go here and watch this video.

The Indiana Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program is a federally funded, state-administered program that provides financial and academic support for young adults who’ve left the foster care system and are enrolled in qualified colleges, universities, or vocational education programs. This and other resources are available through Foster Success. Additionally, Foster Success runs Catalyst, a six-week summer bridge program specifically for students who have experienced foster care as a teen the summer between high school graduation and their first year of college. Applications for next summer will open in February 2022. Any students who are in foster care and are not 21st Century Scholars, please let your College Counselor know ASAP because all students grades 7-12 who are in foster care are eligible for 21st Century Scholars.

The Beautillion Militaire was organized in 1986 by the Jack and Jill of America, Indianapolis Chapter to provide a personal development experience and recognition event for African-American male high school students. Young men in their junior or senior year of high school who excel in the areas of leadership, academics, athletics, and service (school, church, and community) are eligible to apply. Each participant that completes the program will have the opportunity to win a scholarship or book award that can be used at a college or university of the recipient’s choice. To learn more about this opportunity, please go here.

UNCF was founded in 1944 to help more Black and 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.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation – CBCF has awarded scholarships for more than three decades 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.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund and McDonald’s are proud to offer financial assistance to outstanding students attending HBCUs. Thirty-Three (33) scholars will be selected to receive a scholarship up to $15,000 ($7,500 per semester). To learn more about eligibility requirements and to apply, please go here, and to learn more about other scholarships through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, please go here.

The Indiana Latino Institute (ILI) is committed to increasing the number of Latinx high school and college graduates in Indiana through education-focused programming such as free college coaching and college preparation workshops, along with internship and scholarship opportunities. The COLLEGE ACCESS section for College Coaching at ILI works one-on-one with students to navigate the college application process, financial aid, career exploration, and provides referrals to general social service agencies for other needs. This is a FREE service.  Students just need to complete the College Coaching Application and ILI’s Education Specialist will schedule an appointment with students to get started. Under COLLEGE SUCCESS you will also find the ILI Scholarshipsincluding and the James Waters Memorial Scholarship link.  This is a $1000.00 scholarship and students are encouraged to apply.

Preparando la familia para la universidad: entendiendo las opciones lejos de casa (en Español)Aquí esta la grabación de la sesión si quieres volver a verla. Si ve el webinar, usted tendria la oportunidad de: conocer algunos mitos sobre las opciones universitarias, oir sugerencias prácticas para implementar antes de irse, escuchar la perspectiva de una madre e hija recién graduada de la uni en cómo navegar la transición, enfrentar algunas preocupaciones comunes y cómo encontrar recursos para resolver estas situaciones, aprender cómo los padres pueden apoyar a su estudiante, aprender cómo los estudiantes pueden mantener la conexión con su familia.

Nos complace grandemente poder compartir contigo nuestra nueva página web en español. Esta página te ayudará a guiar a tus estudiantes del próximo año escolar y sus familias a través del proceso de completar su solicitud de admisión. En esta página encontrarás información sobre cómo una educación en UM está a su alcance, nuestra ubicación única y la oportunidad de Miami. Visita y comparte admissions.miami.edu/espanol para obtener más información.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the largest scholarship-granting organization in the nation. HSF provides financial assistance to outstanding Hispanic students in higher education throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The students represent every region of the country and attend hundreds of institutions of higher education throughout America. Founded in 1975, HSF has awarded over 45,000 scholarships totalling $60 million. These scholarships require an application. For more information and to apply, visit their website here.

Other scholarships for Hispanic students (Hispanic Student Scholarships and 5 Best Scholarships for Latino Students), DACA students or Dreamers (DACA Student Scholarships), and undocumented students (Scholarships for Undocumented Students) are available.

There are 314 colleges and universities that are members of HACU – the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities. To explore this list and these institutions, please go here.

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean-American students seeking higher education. The foundation encourages leadership and civic service and seeks to nurture a sense of pride and confidence in Korean cultural heritage and tradition. To learn more and apply for scholarships through the KASF, please go here.

Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) are defined under the Higher Education Act (HEA) as colleges or universities with an undergraduate enrollment that is at least 10 percent Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander. Additionally, at least half of the institution’s degree-seeking students are from a  low-income background. To learn more about AANAPISI and see a list of institutions, please go here.

The Asian Pacific Fund’s mission is to strengthen the Asian and Pacific Islander community. In this effort the APF coordinates scholarships that provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students. Through these programs, the APF helps students embark on their dreams. For the 2020-21 school year, the APF distributed $173,000 in scholarships to 58 students, primarily from low-income communities. To learn more and apply, please go here.

The American Indian Graduate Center provides up to $30,000 in scholarships per student per year to Native American students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the United States. In addition, it offers a  comprehensive array of student support services and resources for students to utilize throughout their academic journey. To learn more about these scholarships and services, go here.

Approximately 1.5 million undocumented students under the age of 18 are currently living in the United States and 65,000 graduate from high school each year. Unfortunately, confusion exists about whether colleges admit undocumented students and offer financial assistance, if any. But the good news is that they do! Undocumented students can go to college and receive financial assistance. To learn more about admission policies, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities at colleges and universities throughout the nation and abroad, please go here.

The WiseGeek LGBTQ+ Awareness Scholarship exists to support the dreams and aspirations of LGBTQ+ youth across the country. The scholarship is open to students who identify as a member of this community. To learn more and apply, please go here.

To learn more about LGBTQ+ friendly Catholic colleges and universities, please visit New Ways Ministry List of LGBT-Friendly Catholic Colleges and Universities .

The Campus Pride Index is the premier LGBTQ+ benchmarking tool for colleges and universities that looks at how safe and inclusive campus communities are. The free online tool allows prospective students, families, parents, and those interested in higher education to search a database of LGBTQ+ friendly campuses that are committed to improving the academic experience and quality of campus life for LGBTQ+ students. To learn more, go here.

Indiana Youth Group creates safe spaces to foster community and provides programming that empowers LGBTQ+ youth and magnifies their voices. To learn more about IYG and its resources and upcoming events, please go here.

Regardless of one’s identity, prospective college students should seek to find a place where they will feel accepted for who they are. To help students from diverse backgrounds better understand what to ask of colleges, U.S. News crowdsourced Diversity Questions for Colleges from school officials largely centered around students of color, LGBTQ students, religious minorities, those with disabilities, other protected classes and groups often marginalized. Having a sense of belonging on a campus can be critical to one’s success, and exploring these questions ahead of choosing where to attend can be valuable in making a good college choice.

In the USA, there are scholarships for refugees and immigrants. Here are a couple of resources:  Scholarships for Immigrants and Refugees or Refugee/Immigrant Scholarships.

Act Six provides full tuition scholarships to Indianapolis Act Six Partner Colleges and leadership training to student leaders from diverse backgrounds who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home. Scholars are actively recruited from across the region and chosen through a rigorous selection process. Once selected, Act Six scholars participate in six months of intensive training equipping them to succeed academically and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation. After training, Act Six scholars begin college ready to engage with their campus and community with a built-in support system and a sense of purpose as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation.

Strive for College connects students with financial need with free, one-to-one mentoring to help them navigate the college and financial aid application process. Students already in college can also be matched with a mentor for support to help them graduate and prepare for career opportunities. The Strive program is completely virtual, with mentors and students connecting through an online platform.

Many colleges offer free collegefly-in” programs to high-achieving, underrepresented students who might not otherwise be able to visit their campuses. Since traditional college visits and travel in general seems to be out of reach right now, some colleges are continuing to offer opportunities to underrepresented students so they can get to know what their school has to offer. Most of these programs require students to submit an application to participate. Please find a list of college fly-ins at this link:  2021 College Diversity Fly-ins.

Are you interested in pursuing a career in healthcare? Would you like to participate in a program geared toward helping you reach that goal? HCOP INDY – Health Careers Opportunities Programs to Increase Needed Diversity – are programs for economically or educationally disadvantaged students who live in Marion County and have an interest in health-related careers. To learn more about HCOP INDY’s College Prep Academy and Hoosier Health Academy and to apply to either or both programs, please go here.

STEM YES! is a Youth Enhancement Summer program through Exploradoor that offers underserved, underrepresented Central Indiana students in grades 10-12 to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers in a work-based environment. Applications are now open! To learn more and apply, please go here.

Will you be a First Generation College Student – the first in your family to attend college and graduate from college? I’m First! is an online community celebrating first-generation college students. Check out video stories from first-gen students, read student blogs, and discover colleges that have special support programs for first-gen students. To learn more, please go here.

Women’s colleges are as diverse as the women they serve.  They are in metropolitan areas and small towns.  They offer everything from traditional liberal arts courses to pre-professional programs. Despite all the choices they offer, there is one thing that women’s colleges all have in common: a commitment to women’s success and well-being. To learn more about women’s colleges, please go here.

The rich history of America’s HBCUs began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years, yet remains largely unknown. With Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, the story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life. Watch here.

Please follow these links and use the listed passcodes to view our virtual panel discussions during the 2020-2021 school year on the following topics: the Black College Student Experience at HBCUs and PWIsHBCU & PWI Panel Passcode: p@Bz+R88; the Latinx College Student ExperienceLatinx Panel Passcode: wxZ3JH.4  , and the LGBTQ+ College Student ExperienceLGBTQ+ Panel Passcode: 7&^!QHTP.

Indiana University’s campus is home to a diverse, vibrant, and engaged community. There are many resources available for students, staff, faculty, and others at IU Bloomington to explore various communities and cultures. Some of these include the following: the LGBTQ+ Cultural Center, the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center, the Atkins Living-Learning Center, the La Casa/Latino Cultural Center, and the Luis Davila Thematic Community.

Purdue University is committed to supporting its diverse communities of students, staff, and faculty through its many cultural centers, programs, and organizations. To learn more, please visit the Diversity Resource Office, or click on any of the following links: Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center, Black Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, LGBTQ+ Cultural Center, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Minority Technology Association, Women In Technology, Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities

Purdue Polytechnic Institute sees that diversity benefits everyone because the most creative and innovative ideas and solutions result from the connections made between students from different backgrounds and experiences. Purdue wants students of color to know that the Polytechnic is a college at Purdue where one can combine hands-on talents with favorite hobbies for exciting careers. To learn more about the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and all it has to offer, especially as related to diversity, go here.

Scholarships for underrepresented students vary in their criteria and are not limited to race or ethnicity. Some examples include scholarships for Black or African American students, Native American students, Hispanic and Latinx students, Asian and Pacific Islander students, LGBTQ+ students, women, etc. Please go here to find scholarship opportunities for underrepresented students.

Scholarships related to religious diversity are also available:

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 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion announcements? Contact Beth Newman, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, at bnewman@brebeuf.org