Jan 30

College Counseling News – January 30, 2020

Undergraduate Education Abroad Evening
Thursday, February 6
6:30-7:30 p.m. in the LGI

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.

Ignatian Scholars Program – Application available

The Ignatian Scholars program is accepting applications from interested freshmen, to join the program in their sophomore year.

For sophomores, the class will meet weekly in the first semester.  Class periods will be designed to assist students discover their strengths, potential career focus and welcome speakers to campus to address areas of interest.  Second semester, Ignatian Scholars will continue to meet with the Ignatian Scholars coordinator, to partake in Sophomore Seminar, while continuing their Ignatian Scholars activities.

In the junior year, students will meet formally at least three times with the Ignatian Scholars coordinator, to discuss their individual goals.  The Ignatian Scholars coordinator will work with the students to identify opportunities and individuals to assist the Scholars as they research potential

The Ignatian Scholars is a three year program that focuses on academics, service and leadership, with a focus on career exploration.  Ignatian Scholars are typically students who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and leadership as a freshman at Brebeuf Jesuit.  Students accepted in the Ignatian Scholars program are expected to apply to the AP Capstone program, for their junior and senior year.

Admission to the Ignatian Scholars program will be based on current and first semester grades from Brebeuf Jesuit.  We plan to have an Ignatian Scholar class of 20- 25 students.

The application for the Ignatian Scholars program can be found here

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

New Options Give Students More Choices with the ACT – Mrs. Davis

Summer Opportunities

Summer Opportunities

Purdue Summer Programs for High School Students

Purdue is offering a diverse lineup of weeklong, on-campus opportunities for high school students during the summer. The courses are designed to give young scholars a taste of college life while earning credit during an intensive deep dive into specific areas of interest. The courses are:

  • Data Science and STEM – June 21-26

  • Empowering Women in Business – July 12-17

  • Model United Nations Summer Workshop – July 12-17

  • Careers in Law – July 19-24

  • Resiliency and Sustainability in Civil Engineering – July 19-24

  • Exploring Majors/Careers in Human and Animal Health Care – July 26-31

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

Scholarship Information

Feb. 5 – CICF General scholarships deadline 

The Central Indiana Community Foundation has several scholarships open to Indiana students. No nomination is required, and students can apply for as many scholarships as they qualify. To view the 2020 scholarship guidebook please click here.

Feb. 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.

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 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.

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: http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/Student_Resources/CBSA.pdf.

Equity and Inclusion Announcements

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.

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.

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 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.

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