May 19

College Counseling News – May 19, 2021

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Upcoming Events

Sunday, May 23 – 4:00-5:00 p.m.

These four prestigious universities are hosting an informational session for students and families. Each admission officer will share about their institution for a few minutes before responding to live and pre-submitted questions.

RSVPs are required to receive the Zoom link.

Click here to register.

In the spirit of cooperation, six of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges —Amherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams—are joining forces to host two events for juniors and their families to help answer questions about the college search process. Students register here.

  • Junior Jumpstart – April 20 at 8 pm EDT or April 22 at 8 pm EDT
  • Navigating and Belonging: A Special Session for First-Generation and Low-Income Students – May 24 at 8 pm EDT or May 26 at 8 pm EDT

We know that everyone is spending a lot of time on Zoom these days, but we hope you’ll join us and we look forward to helping your students navigate the college search process. (If you register for an event and can’t make it, we can send you a link to the recording so you don’t miss out.)

See the large list of Pre-College Summer Programs offered by various colleges & universities.  The list is updated regularly so view it often!

Be sure to check application deadlines.  Many vary by the specific programs offered by the schools.

You can also see the list of Summer Programs by clicking HERE.

Is there value in taking a Pre-College Summer Program?  Check out this great blog offered by SCOIR discussing this topic.

Attention Juniors

For the most current listing of SAT and ACT test & registration dates, click here.


Any adventure starts with the first step, which may be realistically looking at where you are today, so you can determine the steps needed to move forward. INvestEd’s College Planning Toolbox helps with exactly that by providing a way for families to track the various pieces of the college funding puzzle, allowing for more informed decisions.

INvestEd can assist you throughout your educational journey as you plan for college wisely. Find the college planning toolbox and other FREE resources on our website:

Check out the INvestEd College Planning Toolbox to put the pieces of your college funding
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Questions? You can email us at, or call 317-715-9007. We look forward to working with you during this college planning process!

What We’re Reading, Following, and Listening to This Week

US Colleges Divided Over Requiring Student Vaccinations

How to Write an OUTSTANDING Personal Statement for College: A Crash Course

Stressed Out: The Pandemic’s Effect on the Mental Health of Students Applying to College:Season 2, Ep. 1: Multiple studies have shown that the coronavirus crisis has made us more depressed, anxious, and stressed. Students are not immune from these effects, particularly when they are juggling other stressors, including the college admission process.  Remote learning, physical distancing, and the cancellation of extracurricular activities and other milestone events have only ratcheted up feelings of isolation and anxiety for many students – and all this is happening as they’re engaged in the college search process, which can be overwhelming in the best of times.  Hear real-life advice from veteran college counselors for easing students’ mental health concerns.

Podcast: College Admissions Decoded :HOW COLLEGES MAKE ADMISSION DECISIONS IN A PANDEMIC YEAR (S2, EP3)Colleges across the country made big changes in their admission requirements in response to the coronavirus pandemic. More than 1,600 institutions are currently test-optional, meaning students are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications. Transcripts look different, too, especially at schools that have canceled extracurricular activities and moved courses online.

How are colleges evaluating applicants? What can students do to strengthen their admission chances? Two admission directors take you inside the process.

After a Year of Turmoil, Elite Colleges Welcome More Diverse Freshman Classes – New York Times, 4/19/2021

The Price You Pay for College A recorded webinar with author Ron Lieber.

Finding Your Purpose: complete The Purpose Challenge and reflect and refine your sense of purpose. – The Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Berkeley

Didn’t Get Enough Financial Aid For College? You Can Ask For More Money.

High School Grades Could Be Worth $100,000 Time to Tell Your Child by Ron Lieber

The Difference Between an HBCU and a PWI: I See Myself

A Breakthrough Year in Admissions for Historically Black Colleges and Universities

1330+ 4-year Colleges Going Test Optional for the Fall of 2022

The College Admissions Process is Crazier Than Ever- That Could Change Who Gets In

Scholarship Updates

Homeland Foundation Scholarships Open

Indiana college students who volunteer with a public safety organization can now apply for the FY 2022 round of the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation scholarship.

The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation scholarship offers higher education financial assistance for Indiana students who wish to pursue a degree.

A full-time student with at least 12 credit hours per semester is eligible for a $2,000 scholarship and a part-time student with at least six hours per semester is eligible for a $1,000 scholarship.  The scholarship must be used during the awarded school year, and the funds are intended solely to reimburse eligible student educational expenses.

Eligible applicants include Indiana residents who are an incoming or continuing student who:

  • Attends or will be attending an accredited Indiana college.
  • Must have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Volunteers at a public safety organization such as fire, law enforcement, emergency management or emergency medical services (validated by chief executive). The Indiana Homeland Security Foundation board will determine compliance eligibility. For more information on the compliance of an organization contact

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. ET on May 31, 2021. For more information, or to sign up for email updates about the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation scholarship, visit the IDHS website at

Applications can be submitted here. New users to the iGMS system must complete the New User Form.

For help or questions, please enter a Grants Support Ticket.

Indiana Department of Homeland Security

Established in 2005, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) leads the way to a safer and more secure Indiana. With jurisdictions involving emergency management, building code enforcement, as well as training and certification for first responders around the state, IDHS works around the clock to protect the people, property and prosperity of Indiana. For more information about IDHS, visit

Student Athletes/Recruitment Information

NCAA Final Amateurism Certification

Student-athletes enrolling full time at an NCAA Division I or II school this fall can request their final amateurism certification starting April 1. To request final amateurism, student-athletes must complete three easy steps after logging in to their certification account at

1. Review any open tasks and complete requests for additional information.
2. Review and update their responses (if necessary) in their Sports Participation questionnaire.
3. Verify their graduation date and enrollment date are accurate.
Reminder: The enrollment date in a student’s account should reflect the date they first plan to enroll in an NCAA Division I or II school.

Helpful NCAA Resources for Student-Athletes:

The Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is the NCAA’s most comprehensive student resource. It can be downloaded here.

Our Initial-Eligibility Brochure provides a general overview of the NCAA Eligibility Center requirements. It can be downloaded here.

Students can learn which of the NCAA Divisions may be the right fit for them by comparing the three divisions here.

Remember, student-athletes planning to compete at the NCAA DI or DII levels must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

The NCAA has announced that students in the Class of 2021 AND Class of 2022 who initially enroll full time in college during the 2021-22 or 2022-2023 academic years and intend to play NCAA Division I or II athletics will NOT be required to take a standardized test to meet NCAA initial-eligibility requirements. Therefore, if you plan to compete at the DI or DII levels and are applying to a test optional college, you no longer have to take the SAT or ACT for admission or initial-eligibility purposes.

Student-athletes enrolling in a Division I school during the 2021-22 academic year will be academically eligible by earning a 2.3 grade-point average in 16 NCAA-approved core courses, with 10 core courses (seven in English, math and science) completed by the start of their seventh semester in high school (prior to senior year). Student-athletes enrolling in a Division II school during the 2021-22 academic year will be academically eligible by earning a 2.2 grade-point average in 16 NCAA-approved core courses.

Questions regarding the athletic recruiting process or NCAA initial-eligibility requirements for Division I or II? Please reach out to Mrs. Newman, Student-Athlete Advisor, at

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Announcements

Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) are defined under the Higher Education Act (HEA) as colleges or universities with an undergraduate enrollment that is at least 10 percent Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander. Additionally, at least half of the institution’s degree-seeking students are from a  low-income background. To learn more about AANAPISI and see a list of institutions, please go here.

The Asian Pacific Fund’s mission is to strengthen the Asian and Pacific Islander community. In this effort the APF coordinates scholarships that provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students. Through these programs, the APF helps students embark on their dreams. For the 2020-21 school year, the APF distributed $173,000 in scholarships to 58 students, primarily from low-income communities. To learn more and apply, please go here.

Ivy Endowment, Inc. in partnership with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. – Alpha Mu Omega Chapter is once again sponsoring a  Virtual Youth Shark Tank Entrepreneur Workshop & Challenge! The program is open to African American high school students grades 9-12 interested in learning how to start their own business. Those with the potential to be successful entrepreneurs, inventors, creators, and innovators are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is May 25, 2021. To learn more and to apply by the deadline of May 25, 2021, please go here.

In the spirit of cooperation, six of the nation’s top liberal arts collegesAmherst, Bowdoin, Carleton, Pomona, Swarthmore, and Williams—are teaming up to help students with their college search. Learn how these six colleges ensure that first-generation and low-income students have the resources they need to succeed—from financial aid to academic support to building a community by attending Navigating and Belonging: A Special Session for First-Generation and Low-Income Students – May 24 at 8 pm EDT or May 26 at 8 pm EDT. Students register here.

Are you interested in pursuing a career in healthcare? Would you like to participate in a program geared toward helping you reach that goal? HCOP INDY – Health Careers Opportunities Programs to Increase Needed Diversity – are programs for economically or educationally disadvantaged students who live in Marion County and have an interest in health-related careers. To learn more about HCOP INDY’s College Prep Academy and Hoosier Health Academy and to apply to either or both programs, please go here.

he Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) and McDonald’s are proud to offer financial assistance to outstanding students attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Thirty-Three (33) scholars will be selected to receive a scholarship up to $15,000 for the 2021-2022 academic school year ($7,500 per semester), which can only be applied to verifiable costs associated with average tuition and usual fees. To learn more about eligibility requirements and to apply, please go here.

Preparando la familia para la universidad: entendiendo las opciones lejos de casa (en Español)Aquí esta la grabación de la sesión si quieres volver a verla. Si ve el webinar, usted tendria la oportunidad de: conocer algunos mitos sobre las opciones universitarias, oir sugerencias prácticas para implementar antes de irse, escuchar la perspectiva de una madre e hija recién graduada de la uni en cómo navegar la transición, enfrentar algunas preocupaciones comunes y cómo encontrar recursos para resolver estas situaciones, aprender cómo los padres pueden apoyar a su estudiante, aprender cómo los estudiantes pueden mantener la conexión con su familia.

Nos complace grandemente poder compartir contigo nuestra nueva página web en español. Esta página te ayudará a guiar a tus estudiantes del próximo año escolar y sus familias a través del proceso de completar su solicitud de admisión. En esta página encontrarás información sobre cómo una educación en UM está a su alcance, nuestra ubicación única y la oportunidad de Miami. Visita y comparte para obtener más información.

As one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color, Bates College believes in equity and access. This fall, Bates is offering their Diversity Program: Prologue to Bates, a fly-in program in September and October, geared towards students entering their senior year who express interest in being a part of an inclusive and pluralistic community. Students who are first-generation-to-college, low-income, and/or historically underrepresented in higher education are encouraged to apply.

Women of Distinction is a program for rising high school seniors that highlights the opportunities at Smith College, a selective women’s liberal arts and sciences college in Massachusetts. African American, Latina, Asian American and Native American students are encouraged to apply.

STEM YES! is a Youth Enhancement Summer program through Exploradoor that offers underserved, underrepresented Central Indiana students in grades 10-12 to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers in a work-based environment. Applications are now open! To learn more and apply, please go here.

Marian University is inviting rising sophomores, juniors and seniors to the inaugural 2021 Marian University Healthcare Camp, sponsored by the Tom and Julie Wood Family Foundation, during the week of June 21-25, 2021.  The goal of this camp is to develop a more diverse workforce by providing underrepresented populations with access to high-quality educational opportunities. In addition to the hands-on exposure to the diversity of healthcare careers, more than $500,000 in Marian University scholarships will be available to camp participants! This immersive experience will explore the variety of careers in the healthcare and medical fields and give participants a glimpse of what a day as a healthcare professional might be like. For more information visit or contact Dr. John C. Turner, Program Manager and Education Leader at Also, plan to attend an OPEN HOUSE EVENT – Wednesday, April 28th  @ 6-8pm in-person or virtually to learn more. RSVP to Dr. John C. Turner via email at

Approximately 1.5 million undocumented students under the age of 18 are currently living in the United States and 65,000 graduate from high school each year. Unfortunately, confusion exists about whether colleges admit undocumented students and offer financial assistance, if any. But the good news is that they do! Undocumented students can go to college and receive financial assistance. To learn more about admission policies, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities at colleges and universities throughout the nation and abroad, please go here.

Please follow these links and use the listed passcodes to view our recent virtual panel discussions on the following topics: the Black College Student Experience at HBCUs and PWIsHBCU & PWI Panel Passcode: p@Bz+R88; the Latinx College Student ExperienceLatinx Panel Passcode: wxZ3JH.4  , and the LGBTQ+ College Student ExperienceLGBTQ+ Panel Passcode: 7&^!QHTP.

Will you be a First Generation College Student – the first in your family to attend college and graduate from college? I’m First! is an online community celebrating first-generation college students. Check out video stories from first-gen students, read student blogs, and discover colleges that have special support programs for first-gen students. To learn more, please go here.

Women’s colleges are as diverse as the women they serve.  They are in metropolitan areas and small towns.  They offer everything from traditional liberal arts courses to pre-professional programs. Despite all the choices they offer, there is one thing that women’s colleges all have in common: a commitment to women’s success and well-being. To learn more about women’s college, please go here.

The Indiana Latino Institute (ILI) is committed to increasing the number of Latinx high school and college graduates in Indiana. Education-focused programming such as free college coaching and college preparation workshops, along with internship and scholarship opportunities, can be found at this link: Indiana Latino Institute. Take specific note of the COLLEGE ACCESS section for College Coaching: ILI works one on one with students to navigate the college application process, financial aid, career exploration, and provides referrals to general social service agencies for other needs. This is a FREE service.  Students just need to complete the college coaching application College Coaching Application and MacKenzie Hock, ILI’s Education Specialist, will schedule an appointment with students to get started. At this same link under COLLEGE SUCCESS you will find the ILI Academic Scholarship and the James Waters Memorial Scholarship link.  This is a $1000.00 scholarship and the application is due May 31, 2021.

The Indiana Latino Institute (ILI) Scholarship was created as a means to address the under-representation of Latinos in post-secondary education. Students eligible to apply must be planning to enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester in the 2021-2022 academic year, be between the ages of 17 and 25 at the time of submission, demonstrate academic achievement (minimum 2.7 GPA on 4.0 scale), demonstrate financial need, document ongoing community service involvement, and preference is given to Latino students residing in Indiana who are first generation college students. Applications must be submitted online by May 31, 2021. To learn more and to apply, please go here.

Project Stepping Stone of Indiana is a free one-week college prep summer program (in June) that helps Latinx high school sophomores and juniors prepare for college and beyond. Selected students will be introduced to potential careers and visit several of Indiana’s leading college campuses and businesses. The application for PSS opens March 1, 2021. To learn more and to apply, please go  here.

The James Waters Memorial Scholarship is also funded through the Indiana Latino Institute. Eligible students must be planning to enroll in a minimum of 6 credit hours per semester (for undergraduate students) or a minimum of 3 credit hours per semester (for graduate students) in the 2021-2022 academic year, be between the ages of 17 and 30 at the time of submitting application, demonstrate academic achievement (minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale), demonstrate financial need, document ongoing community service involvement, major in a field related to: law, public safety, or criminal justice, and preference will be given to Latino students residing in Indiana who are first generation college students. Scholarship recipients are also required to enroll in the ILI College Coaching program and to volunteer at the ILI Annual Luncheon (9/7/21). To learn more and apply online by May 31, 2021, please go here.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the largest scholarship-granting organization in the nation. HSF provides financial assistance to outstanding Hispanic students in higher education throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The students represent every region of the country and attend hundreds of institutions of higher education throughout America. Founded in 1975, HSF has awarded over 45,000 scholarships totaling $60 million. These scholarships require an application. For more information and to apply, visit their website here.

There are 314 colleges and universities that are members of HACU – the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities. To explore this list and these institutions, please go here.

Students who have an interest in African American culture, particularly students from the African diaspora, are encouraged to apply to Carleton College’s CLAE – Carleton Liberal Arts Experience, a  free week-long summer academic program. To learn more and apply, go here.

There are 107 HBCUs. To learn more about these institutions and all they have to offer, please go here.

Read about this author’s personal experience attending both a PWI – Predominantly White Institution – and an HBCU – Historically Black College or University in her article: “At Prairie View A&M, my college experience is now complete.” from The Undefeated: The difference between an HBCU and a PWI: I see myself.

The American Indian Graduate Center provides up to $30,000 in scholarships per student per year to Native American students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the United States. In addition, it offers a  comprehensive array of student support services and resources for students to utilize throughout their academic journey. To learn more about these scholarships and services, go here.

The WiseGeek LGBTQ+ Awareness Scholarship exists to support the dreams and aspirations of LGBTQ+ youth across the country. The scholarship is open to students who identify as a member of this community. To learn more and apply, please go here.

To learn more about LGBTQ+ friendly Catholic colleges and universities, please visit New Ways Ministry List of LGBT-Friendly Catholic Colleges and Universities .

The Campus Pride Index is the premier LGBTQ+ benchmarking tool for colleges and universities that looks at how safe and inclusive campus communities are. The free online tool allows prospective students, families, parents, and those interested in higher education to search a database of LGBTQ+ friendly campuses that are committed to improving the academic experience and quality of campus life for LGBTQ+ students. To learn more, go here.

The Business Opportunity Program (BOP) at Purdue University is one of the oldest diversity programs in the country within any top-ranked, undergraduate business school. BOP’s mission is to produce the next wave of business and community leaders by providing student participants with academic, financial, and social support that will aid them in achieving their short term and long term college and career goals. To learn more about BOP, please go Here.

Indiana University’s campus is home to a diverse, vibrant, and engaged community. There are many resources available for students, staff, faculty, and others at IU Bloomington to explore various communities and cultures. Some of these include the following: the LGBTQ+ Cultural Center, the Neal-Marshall Black Cultural Center, the Atkins Living-Learning Center, the La Casa/Latino Cultural Center, and the Luis Davila Thematic Community.

Purdue University is committed to supporting its diverse communities of students, staff, and faculty through its many cultural centers, programs, and organizations. To learn more, please visit the Diversity Resource Office, or click on any of the following links: Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center, Black Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, LGBTQ+ Cultural Center, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Minority Technology Association, Women In Technology, Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities

Purdue Polytechnic Institute sees that diversity benefits everyone because the most creative and innovative ideas and solutions result from the connections made between students from different backgrounds and experiences.Purdue wants students of color to know that the Polytechnic is a college at Purdue where one can combine hands-on talents with favorite hobbies for exciting careers. To learn more about the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and all it has to offer, especially as related to diversity, go Here.

The mission of Thrive Scholars’ is to help high-achieving, low-income students of color get into and graduate from top colleges equipped to achieve their full career potential. Thrive Scholars’ ultimate goal is to help talented low-income students of color become the diverse corporate, civic, and academic leaders our country needs. Its comprehensive model focuses on key inflection points such as expert college advising, rigorous summer college preparatory boot camps, social and emotional support, financial support, and career development. Juniors in the class of 2022 are eligible to apply. To learn more, attend an information session, and to apply, please go Here.

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, an opportunity 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 underrepresented students vary in their criteria and are not limited to race or ethnicity. Some examples include scholarships for Black or African American students, Native American students, Hispanic and Latinx students, Asian and Pacific Islander students, LGBTQ+ students, women, and so forth. Please go to the following link Here to find scholarship opportunities for underrepresented students.

UNCF was founded in 1944 to help more Black and 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

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation – CBCF has awarded scholarships for more than three decades 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 offer free collegefly-in” programs to high-achieving, underrepresented students who might not otherwise be able to visit their campuses. Since traditional college visits and travel in general seems to be out of reach right now, some colleges are continuing to offer opportunities to underrepresented students so they can get to know what their school has to offer. Most of these programs require students to submit an application to participate. Please find a list of college fly-ins at these links:  2020 College Diversity Fly-ins and Fly-in Programs in 2020

Scholarships related to religious diversity are also available:

Students interested in Scholarships for Jewish Students can find information Here.

Students interested in Scholarships for Muslim Students can find information Here.

Students interested in Scholarships for Catholic Students can find information Here.

Students interested in Scholarships for Hindu Students can find information Here.

Students interested in Scholarships for Buddhist Students can find information Here.

Students interested in Scholarships for Atheist or Agnostic Students can find information Here.

Questions about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion announcements? Contact Beth Newman, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, at