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College Counseling News – January 8, 2020


2020 AP Exams + Testing Accommodations

Friday, January 17 is the accommodations request deadline for May 2020 AP Exams! Please see Ms. Rhodes, Director of Academic Counseling & SSD Coordinator, if you have any questions and/or to begin the accommodations request process with College Board.

Upcoming Visits

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

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

Sophomore College Visit Bus Trip
Wednesday, March 4

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

Colleges Still Accepting Applications After January 1 – Mrs. Davis

Summer Opportunities

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

Scholarship Information

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.

Jan. 15 – Deadline to nominate for Torch Scholars at Northeastern University (First Gen)

The Torch Scholars Program is a bold and innovative initiative that provides students with the opportunity to explore their passions and expand their global horizons. The program’s nomination and holistic review process identifies bright students from across the country who have already succeeded against the odds, but who have not yet reached their full academic potential. Applicants should be First Generation College students.

Jan. 28 – Nomination deadline for DePauw Rector Scholarship

The Rector Scholarship is DePauw University’s oldest and preeminent merit academic award. The program seeks to recognize students graduating at or very near the top of his/her high school class, who have taken the most difficult curriculum available, and have standardized test scores at or near the top five percent of scores nationwide, and possess striking intellectual curiosity, ambition, exceptional extracurricular involvement, demonstrated leadership and well-regarded character.

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.

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.

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.

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 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. January 25 is the mandatory orientation. To learn more, please read this brochure and to register, call (317) 923-8111 or go online to www.CLDinc.org. The fee is $25.

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 CLD Self-Discovery/ Career Exploration Project alumni to learn more about careers in business (Business Orientation Project) and medicine (Rawls Scholars Medicine Initiative). For more information about these multi-week programs, starting on January 18 and January 24 respectively, and to register, please go to www.CLDinc.org 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 www.CLDinc.org.

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