Mar 25

College Counseling News – March 25, 2020


2020 AP Exams

Updates/changes as of 3-25-2020

  • Face-to-face (in person) exams will NOT take place this year.
  • College Board is working on an at-home testing option for students (45-minute online AP exams – will be accessible via smartphone, laptop, tablet)
  • For each AP subject, there will be two different testing dates.
  • The updated exam schedule, and additional testing details, will be released on April 3.
  • Any student already registered for an exam can choose to cancel at no charge.
  • Deadline for AP Drawing Portfolio submissions has been extended to May 26 at 11:59pm.
  • Deadline for AP Seminar Portfolio submissions has been extended to May 26 at 11:59pm.
  • Beginning Wednesday, March 25, students can attend FREE live AP review courses.
  • For info on what the exams will (and will not) cover this year, visit https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/about-ap/news-changes/coronavirus-update.

The College Counseling Office will continue to keep you updated as we learn more.


Upcoming Events

College Counseling Live on Instagram

Join us on Tuesday, April 7 at 6:00 p.m. for a live Q&A with the College Counseling team. Follow us on Instagram at @bjpscollege!


Online Resources from College Counseling

For updates regarding admissions, applications, testing, wellness, etc., see this live document. Our team is regularly updating as information is made available.


Update for Seniors

Many colleges are extending their enrollment deadline from May 1 to June 1, in light of the current global pandemic. The National Association for College Admission Counseling has an excellent link that lists schools that have made this change. That link can be found here. However, It is important to follow the guidance sent out from each individual school.


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

Mrs. Newman – That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief

Mrs. Smith – Keeping Our Families Mentally Fit During COVID-19

Mrs. Davis – Writers and Lovers – by Lily King


Summer Opportunities

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


Scholarship Announcements

The National CCAA Scholarship is offered annually to college-bound high school seniors and transfer students from two-year/community colleges attending one of the National CCAA member institutions in the fall. The application is due Friday, March 27 and can be found here.

To be eligible for the National CCAA Scholarship:

  1. Applicants must graduate in the spring (e.g., spring 2020 high school graduation for fall 2020 awards).

  2. Recipients must be accepted to one or more National CCAA member institutions.

  3. Recipients must enroll in a National CCAA member institution beginning in the fall.

Award recipients will be selected by random drawing. Two students will be chosen from each of these regions:

  • Mid-Atlantic I: NJ, NY
  • Mid-Atlantic II: DC, DE, MD, PA
  • Midwest I: IA, KS, MN, ND, NE, SD, WI
  • Midwest II: IL, IN, MI, MO, OH, WV
  • New England: CT, MA, ME, NH, RI, VT
  • South: AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, PR, SC, TN, TX, VA, VI
  • West: AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OK, OR, UT, WA, WY
  • International: Non-U.S.

The A.G. Terry Schafer Memorial Citizenship Award – Due April. 15

A $1,500.00 A.G. Terry Shaffer Memorial Citizenship Award is presented annually by the Kiwanis Club of Northwest Indianapolis to a Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory High School senior student who best demonstrates good school, family and community citizenship. Terry Shaffer devoted much of his life to service as a member of the Kiwanis family. He was active in all levels of the organization, as a leader in both the Pennsylvania and Indiana districts and, from 1969 to 2004, as a member of the Kiwanis International staff. But Terry was most passionate about his Kiwanis involvement at the local level. A native of Sudbury, Pennsylvania, he was a member and treasurer of the Sunbury High School Key Club. He served as both president and secretary of three Kiwanis clubs, including Northwest Indianapolis. More information about the scholarship can be found here. The application 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.


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, and other opportunities, go to this link: UNCF.

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.

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 http://go.iu.edu/holland.

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 bnewman@brebeuf.org.