Mar 12

College Counseling News – March 12, 2020


If so, please be aware of the $40 unused/canceled exam fee that The College Board has implemented this year. If you change your mind and wish to opt-out of the exam, a $40 fee will be added to your tuition bill for every exam canceled.

Please contact Mrs. Davis if you have any questions –

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 5:00 p.m., 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.

Summer Opportunities

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

Equity and Inclusion Announcements

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, networking, and other opportunities, plan to attend an informational meeting on Thursday, March 19 at 6:00 pm in the France Stone Room. Mrs. Andrea Neely, Regional Development Director for UNCF, will be presenting.

For more than three decades the Congressional Black Caucus FoundationCBCF 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.

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

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

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

Scholarship Information

Applications for the 2020 Debutante Cotillion and Scholarship Program are now being accepted.  The Debutante Cotillion and Scholarship Program were developed for young ladies who are juniors and seniors in high school in order to equip, encourage and stimulate them to pursue higher education, academic excellence, personal development, and civic involvement. The program focuses on the needs of minority and underserved young ladies.  Each young lady who participates will also earn and receive scholarship dollars toward higher education.

The program objectives are achieved through a six-month curriculum consisting of educational workshops, activities, community service outings, and rehearsals. The culminating event of the program is the Debutante Cotillion and Scholarship Ball, to be held on November 8, 2020, in which the young ladies are formally presented to society and the Indianapolis community as well as awarded scholarships.

Alpha Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated (AKA) and Ivy Endowment Incorporated jointly host the program. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is an international service organization that was founded on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C. in 1908.  It is the oldest Greek-lettered organization established by African-American college-educated women.

Interested young ladies should be a junior and/or senior during the 2020-2021 school year, at least have a C+ cumulative grade point average (verified by official transcript), and complete the online application and participate in an interview.  Applications will be available starting Monday, February 17, 2020.  The application deadline is Monday, March 16, 2020.

Informational Meeting will be held on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at Child Advocates, 8200 Haverstick Rd. #240, Indianapolis, Indiana, 46240 at 2 pm.

The online application and additional instructions for application are available at  For more information please email

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 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.