Jun 25

College Counseling News – June 25, 2020

College Counseling Office Closed During July

The BJPS College Counseling office will be closed during the month of July.

All Senior transcripts were sent on June 15th to the student’s final choice school as indicated in Naviance. Should you have a need to send another transcript during the month of July please contact Mrs. Pitcher or Mrs. Simonson (during the dates below):

Until we see each other in August, take time for yourself and enjoy these summer days.

Be well and stay healthy,

Carroll Easterday, Director of College Counseling, ceasterday@brebeuf.org
Lindsay Davis, College Counselor,  ldavis@brebeuf.org
Beth Newman, College Counselor, bnewman@brebeuf.org
Liz Otteson, College Counselor, lotteson@brebeuf.org
Kelly Shank, College Counselor, kshank@brebeuf.org
Stephanie Smith, College Counseling Administrative Assistant, ssmith@brebeuf.org

ACT Testing Updates for Fall 2020

With the recent news of additions to ACT testing dates, we have updated our Test Dates and Test Prep Resources page. Additionally, ACT has announced that ACT Section Retake testing opportunities have been postponed.

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

Helping Teens Make Room for Uncomfortable Emotions – Mrs. Davis

Tiny Habits & The Small Changes that Change Everything by BJ Fogg, PhD-  Mrs. Otteson


  1. Mark your calendar – AP exam scores will be released on July 16, 2020!
  2. Seniors – Don’t forget to indicate which college you’d like to receive your AP exam score(s) in AP Profile by June 20! Once logged in to your MyAP account, go to “AP Profile” — “Score Send” — select institution/school – click “Save”. 

Note to Seniors

Final Transcripts will be sent to your final choice university (as indicated in Naviance) on June 15th. If you have any questions, please contact your College Counselor. 

Informational Interviewing

Calling All Parents!  The College Counseling Department is aware that students at Brebeuf, due to social distancing, may not be able to have experiences, such as jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, as they have had in the past.  These activities for many students can lead to potential college majors and career interests.

In order to assist students to continue to explore career options, we would like your help!  If you have a little time to talk with a current Brebeuf student over the phone or via email about your career, we would love to add you to our job bank!  Our goal is to encourage students to utilize the Brebeuf community and reach out to conduct a few informational interviews in areas that they have an interest in and are considering for college and beyond.

If you are willing to talk with a student about your career, please contact Liz Otteson, College Counselor.  She is building a bank of Brebeuf community members in a variety of careers.  If you can share your experiences and knowledge with a Brebeuf student, we think this will be a valuable investment of your time, and theirs!  For more information, please contact Liz Otteson at lotteson@brebeuf.org.

For Students – Wondering about a particular career?  Have questions about what a particular profession does on a daily basis?  The College Counseling Department is here to help!  We are currently building a job bank to help connect you with members of the Brebeuf Jesuit community.  We have instructions prepared for you to conduct an Informational Interview.  This will allow you to gather more information about potential careers you may be considering.  Interested in a career and want to make a connection for more information?  Contact Mrs. Otteson, at lotteson@brebeuf.org.

Summer Opportunities – Program Updates due to COVID 19

Do you know a young person interested in creating change? These meaningful summer opportunities are the perfect way for extraordinary students to spend their summer!

IMPACT 2020: This engaging virtual program is designed for middle and high school students to connect with other young leaders from across the country, tackle an issue in their community, and make a local impact on global issues through project-based learning. Registration is still open, and financial aid is available. To learn more about IMPACT 2020, a partnership program from Close Up & National Network of Schools in Partnership, please check out this program overview.

ACLU Advocacy Institute: The ACLU is looking for a diverse group of high school students to take part in this week-long virtual program (July 19-24). Designed to bring the next generation of social advocates together to learn directly from ACLU staff and coalition partners, this program allows students to take a deeper look at some of the most important national and state-wide advocacy campaigns. Apply today!

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

Equity and Inclusion Announcements

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

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, which is 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 High School Programs and Initiatives

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.

MEET Kelley at IU is a unique pre-college summer program for high-ability juniors with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4 from historically underrepresented groups, namely students who identify as African American, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian/Native American, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or multiracial. MEET Kelley gives students the opportunity to be introduced to the Kelley School of Business, learn about the opportunities available, experience a professional business case competition, and ultimately consider transitioning to Kelley after high school. To learn more and to apply, go to this link: MEET Kelley

The Up-Next Business Academy at IU brings together Indiana high school students from underrepresented populations, including students who identify as African-American, Latino/Hispanic, American Indian/Native American, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, to the Kelley School of Business to introduce them to opportunities within the business world and educate them on the college admissions process. To be considered, students must have a 3.0 GPA. To learn more and to apply, go to this link: Up-Next Business Academy

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, and other opportunities, go to this link: UNCF

For more than three decades the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation – CBCF has awarded scholarships 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

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

Students interested in 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.