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College Counseling News – November 18, 2021


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ATTENTION JUNIORS!

Each spring, Juniors have the option to take the ACT at school during the school day. For 2022, the ACT will be offered at Brebeuf on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 and costs $48. To register your student for the ACT test at Brebeuf on March 8, please complete this Google Form. If you believe that you qualify for a fee waiver, please contact Kelly Shank at kshank@brebeuf.org. Traditional ACT fee waivers are not available for this test administration, but we do not want this to be cost prohibitive. Registration for this exam will close on December 10, 2021.



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IU Kelley School of Business – Petition for Direct Admission

Attention seniors! If you are applying to IU-Bloomington with the plan of pursuing the Kelley School of Business, and do not meet the direct admission criteria, you must request approval for direct admission to Kelley by submitting a petition. More than 65% of submitted petitions are approved and the process takes just 10 minutes to complete.

Petition opens Sep 10, 2021 and the priority deadline is December 17, 2021!

For more information, please visit: https://kelley.iu.edu/programs/undergrad/admissions/future-freshman.html


Resources

DOWNLOAD THE SCOIR APP!

FIND YOUR FIT IN UNDER 1 MINUTE!

Students can explore My Matches on the Scoir app for iOS by taking a one-minute quiz. College Counselors will use this information to provide students with colleges that might match their interests.


Midwest Student Exchange Program

The Midwest Student Exchange Program, or MSEP, is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Through the MSEP, public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs; private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates. All enrollment decisions are made at the discretion of the receiving campus and the campus may exercise its right to limit participation or set specific admission requirements for MSEP.


Attention Seniors!

Are you looking for inspiration on writing your supplemental essays for individual colleges? Check out the College Essay Guy’s blog which is full of specific advice.

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

Testing Prep info is also available.


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

  • Lord of the Rankings – Revisionist History Podcast – For 30 years, US News & World Report has been using a secret formula to rank the best colleges and universities in the United States. As a public service to our listeners, we hack the algorithm and discover the dirty little secret of the rankings game. Part one of a two-part series
  • Project Dillard (HBCU) – Dillard University, an HBCU – Historically Black College and University – in New Orleans is beloved by everyone – except the US News best colleges rankings. Malcolm Gladwell hacks into the flawed algorithm of the US News rankings and shows how Dillard University can rise to the top. Part two of a two-part series.
  • Holistic Admission Review: What Does This Mean? (Application Tips Series, Johns Hopkins University)

Scholarship Updates

Kiwanis Abe Lincoln Scholarship – 11.23.21

Brebeuf Jesuit is able to nominate one senior student for the Kiwanis Abe Lincoln scholarship. This scholarship program, funded through the Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis, was created in 1976 to recognize student achievement while overcoming tremendous obstacles, and provide scholarship support. We aim to encourage other young people, struggling with difficulties, that there are people in this community who care, recognize, and encourage them.

These are neither need-based nor academic scholarships; but instead, are designed to recognize and reward students who have overcome substantial hardships, disabilities or handicaps, and provide sufficient financial aid to assist in continuing the student’s educational achievements and goals. Applicants are evaluated based on their overall level of achievement, considering obstacles and disadvantages overcome.

Students awarded the Kiwanis Abe lincoln Scholarship have demonstrated:

  • Overcoming significant obstacles and setbacks – environmental, emotional, mental or physical
  • Academic achievement and demonstrated ability to realistically pursue post-secondary goals
  • Participation and accomplishment in activities beyond the classroom, within and outside school
  • Inspiration to others through personal motivation, positive attitude, and perseverance

If you feel like you would be a strong candidate for this scholarships, please contact Ms. Kelly Shank at kshank@brebeuf.orgby Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

The College Board Opportunity Scholarships program is available for all seniors.  Since 2018, nearly one million students have joined this program, which provides students with a digital college planning guide and chances to earn $500 for each action they complete.  When students complete all six steps, they earn a chance at a $40,000 scholarshipStudents whose families earn less than $60,000 per year have double the chances to earn scholarships.

High school seniors can visit cb.org/opportunity to join.  This year, the College Board Opportunity Scholarships is introducing some changes, all to support more students with planning and paying for college, especially in these challenging times:

  • More Winners: Starting with the class of 2022, the program will recognize even more students. More than 7,000 students will earn a scholarship each year, nearly double the number of winners recognized in previous years.
  • New Explore Scholarships Step: There is a new step to help students find other scholarships that may be a good fit for them. Students can earn chances at $500 scholarships by exploring a personalized list of scholarships and other aid on College Board Scholarship Search.
  • Practice for the SAT Step: This simplified step guides students to get started with personalized skill recommendations, a best practice behavior associated with higher score gains. Students can become eligible for $500 scholarships by completing one Timed Mini Section or one Diagnostic Quiz on Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy.

Equitable Foundation has established the Equitable Excellence Scholarship Program – Due 12.17.21

This scholarship assists high school seniors who are planning to continue their education at a two- or four-year college in the United States by Fall 2022. Students who have made an outstanding achievement related to reducing risk in areas such as financial, environment, health and/or emergency preparedness or an achievement around empowering society to better face risk, are encouraged to apply.

Applicants to the Equitable Excellence Scholarship Program must:

  • Be United States citizens or legal residents living or claiming residency in one of the 50 U.S. states, District of Columbia, or Puerto Rico.
  • Be current high school seniors who plan to enroll full-time in an accredited two-year or four-year college or university in the United States** by Fall 2022.
    **Enrollment at an accredited postsecondary institution outside of the United States may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Be willing to provide a release to publicize their identities and information about their achievements along with photographs for use in program promotion and information.

Awards

The authorized distribution for new awards is up to $750,000. Up to 100 renewable awards of $5,000 each and up to 100 one-time honorariums of $2,500 each will be granted as follows:

$5,000 awards are renewable up to three years or until a bachelor’s degree is earned, whichever occurs first. Renewal is contingent upon satisfactory academic performance and continued enrollment.

$2,500 honorariums are not renewable; recipients may not reapply.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic performance, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, work experience, a statement of career and educational goals and objectives, essay, any unusual personal or family circumstances, and an online recommendation.

Financial need will be considered. Potential recipients who do not demonstrate need or who do not provide financial information may be eligible to receive a one-time honorarium.

Indiana Commission for Higher Education Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship Program – Due 1.31.22

High-achieving high school and college students who are planning to teach in the State of Indiana for at least five years can apply for a $7,500 scholarship per year of college (up to $30,000 total) through the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship program.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is encouraging students to act quickly, as there are only 200 scholarships available and the deadline to apply is January 31, 2022. Interested students should apply at ScholarTrack.IN.gov.

“Everyone has a story about a great teacher who changed their lives for the better. We need more of these change agents in Indiana’s classrooms,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. “The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is elevating the importance of this lifelong impact with a meaningful scholarship to help support Indiana’s best and brightest as they pursue a career in education.”

This scholarship is making a difference at building Indiana’s teacher pipeline. Nearly 90 percent of scholarship recipients from the inaugural 2017 cohort are either continuing their education or have already become licensed teachers actively making an impact for Hoosier students.

To qualify for the scholarship, students must have either graduated in the top 20 percent of their high school class or earned a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT (1190) or ACT (26). To continue earning the scholarship in college, students must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year, earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year. Current college students who apply must be able to use the scholarship for at least two full academic years.

“The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship not only assists future educators in funding their higher education, but it helps keep those who become licensed teaching in Indiana,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “We look forward to the positive impact these educators will have on their students and on Indiana’s teacher pipeline.”

The Commission will review all applications and notify applicants of their scholarship status via email by March 18, 2022.

Visit www.LearnMoreIndiana.org/NextTeacher for more information on how to apply and follow #NextTeacher on social media. Questions may be directed to NextTeacher@che.in.gov.

Silver Pen Writing Contest – 2.11.21

The Stratford, a retirement community located at 2460 Glebe Street, Carmel, IN 46032, is proud to offer the Silver Pen Writing Competition again for the 2021-2022 school year. Silver Pen is a unique opportunity to bridge the communication gap between younger and older generations. Members at The Stratford will judge the essays and ultimately choose four (3) ranked winners.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

  • First place will receive $2,500,
  • Second place will receive $750,
  • Third place will receive $500.

 

The Silver Pen Writing Competition is open to all high school seniors who live or attend school within 25 miles of The Stratford. Employees and children of employees at The Stratford are eligible as well as Members grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-nieces, and great-nephews with no distance restrictions. There is no GPA requirement for this writing competition.

2021-2022 ESSAY TOPIC

How have the extracurricular programs such as music, art, clubs, and/or sports teams benefited your educational and personal growth? How do you feel it would affect the education system if they were taken away?

ESSAY RULES

  • Essay must be the applicant’s original work
  • Applicants may only enter ONE time and only apply to ONE community. Students’ who do not follow these guidelines will be disqualified.
  • Essays must be a minimum of 1000 words and DOUBLE SPACED. (Please include a cover page and any necessary citations on a works cited page.)
  • Quotations may be used sparingly, and sources must be clearly identified

APPLYING

The following items must be included with your application:

  1. Application form
  2. Copy of transcript (can be unofficial)
  3. Personal Essay

Student Athletes/Recruitment Information

Student-athletes enrolling at an NCAA Division I or II school starting in winter/spring 2022 will be able to request Final Amateurism Certification starting October 1. To request final amateurism, students must log in to their Eligibility Center account and complete the “Request Final Amateurism Certification” task. Students must have paid their registration fee or been approved for a fee waiver in order to request their final amateurism certification. Have questions on how to request final amateurism? Click here to view a tutorial or contact NCAA staff at 877-262-1492.

The Heisman High School Scholarship program honors hundreds of the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes each year. This year, the college scholarship amounts have been doubled, increasing support for each student-athlete’s education. The program will recognize a winner from each high school that has student participation. The top male and female applicants from each state will be awarded $1,000. State winners will move on for the chance to become a national finalist and win at least $2,000. Of the national finalists, a male and a female will be selected as the winner of the $10,000 National Heisman High School Scholarship.

The Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is the NCAA’s most comprehensive student resource.

The NCAA’s Initial Eligibility Brochure provides a general overview of the NCAA Eligibility Center requirements and students can learn which of the NCAA Divisions might be a good fit for them by comparing the three divisions.

Students 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 2022 who initially enroll full time in college during the 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 2022-23 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 bnewman@brebeuf.org, to ask any questions or to schedule a time to meet.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Announcements

As one of the nation’s largest need-based college scholarship programs, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs, specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need. To learn more and to apply, please visit the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs.

McDonald’s offers the McDonald’s HACER National Scholarship to Hispanic students who want to make a positive difference in the world. To learn more and apply, please go here.

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Cooke College Scholars receive up to $55,000 per year.

The Jackie Robinson Foundation  provides a multi-faceted experience designed to not only address the financial needs of students who aspire to attend college but to guide them through the process of higher education. To learn more and to apply for the 4-year scholarship, please visit Jackie Robinson Foundation.

Through exclusive funding opportunities, Bold.org broadens access to higher education in an affordable and sustainable way. Check out this list of Scholarships for Minority Students through Bold.org.

The National Society of Black Engineers provides various scholarships to members through the NSBE and Corporate Scholarship Programs. Individual scholarships range in value from $500 to $5,000 per year. Scholarships promote academic achievement, and not all have a GPA requirement. Members are encouraged to review the listing of scholarships available for application at NSBE Scholarships.

The Indiana Department of Education has partnered with Schoolhouse.world to support students in grades 8 through 12 with free tutoring for SAT preparation, math courses and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. We hope you will take advantage of this new free service.

The FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid opened on October 1, 2021. All seniors and their parents are encouraged to fill it out. Prior to filling out the FAFSA, students and parents are invited to watch this 30 minute FAFSA Video with Karen Cooper, the Director of Financial Aid at Stanford University, as she works through the FAFSA form.

In order to estimate the amount of aid now that your student may receive and to learn about the differences between loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study, we encourage students and parents to fill out a FAFSA4Caster now and to complete a Net Price Calculator for any colleges of interest. The FAFSA is based on PPY – Prior Prior Year (2020 for the Class of 2022). Therefore, if your family’s finances have changed significantly since 2020, we strongly recommend reaching out to your top school (admissions and financial aid) to explain your current financial situation.

The CSS Profile is a College Board form used by approximately 400 schools to determine a student’s eligibility for institutional aid. While these schools also use the FAFSA to provide aid from the government, the CSS Profile is used by these specific colleges to give out grants, scholarships, and loans directly from the institution.

There are 107 HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). To learn more about these institutions and all they have to offer, please go here. To learn more about the most affordable public and private HBCUs, please go here.

If interested in learning more about HBCUs, “Real Talk: HBCU Edition” offers a safe space for Black students and their families to connect with colleges from across the country and get the real deal on scholarships, the on-campus experience at HBCUs, and the admissions process. Missed the last Real Talk session? Watch a recording of “Real Talk: What You NEED to Know Edition” to learn about starting the college planning process.

One of the most challenging aspects of college is funding the entire experience – from tuition, to room and board, to entertainment, to travel and a host of other financial obligations. To help make it easier for you to meet the most essential obligations of paying for a college education at an HBCU, please see this HBCU Scholarship List.

In Revisionist History – Project Dillard, listen as Malcolm Gladwell investigates why an Historically Black College and University in New Orleans is beloved by everyone except the US News best colleges rankings. His findings are worth listening to in this Part two of a two-part series on college rankings.

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 Dr. Cornell A. Bell Business Opportunity Program (BOP) at Purdue University seeks the best and brightest student leaders from diverse backgrounds who want to pursue business majors and management careers in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue. 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 short term and long term college and career goals.

The IU Groups Scholars Program was created in 1968 as a way to increase college attendance among first-generation, underrepresented students at Indiana University Bloomington. The IU Groups Scholars Program provides academic, financial, and social support to help students attain a bachelor’s degree through an extensive student support system, including academic advising, tutoring, enrollment in specialized courses, and activities designed to foster academic success and degree completion. In order to be eligible for the IU Groups Scholars Program, an applicant must meet certain income and academic guidelines (see page 3 of 2022 Groups Scholars Application Worksheet). For example, a family of four must have an annual income below $65,000, and a student must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA.

The Hudson & Holland Scholars Program at Indiana University is open to all students but strong consideration is given to students from underrepresented minority backgrounds. Seniors with at least a 3.2 GPA and a record of leadership qualify to apply. Students who apply to IU by November 1 can be invited to complete the Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) to be considered for scholarships including the Hudson &  Holland Scholars Program. Students admitted to IU who do not receive an SSA invitation may also request an application from the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program website.

In an effort to allow students the opportunity to connect directly with Stanford University’s diverse community, they are hosting Community Conversations, a series of virtual information sessions providing culturally inclusive and relevant information to students about Stanford’s admission process, campus community centers, and diverse student body. Community Conversations are open to students of ALL backgrounds, regardless of how they may identify, but Stanford especially encourages participants from historically underrepresented groups, including Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander American, LGBTQ+, and first-generation and/or low-income college students. To register and find a detailed calendar of Community Conversations and other virtual events, please visit the Virtual Admission Events webpage.

Most jobs in Indiana will require some form of postsecondary credential, yet just 42 percent of Marion County residents have the education and training they need. Indy Achieves was created to help Indy residents pursue and complete a postsecondary education. Whether you are pursuing a traditional bachelor’s degree or an industry certification, Indy Achieves can help you. Every Marion County resident should have access to the jobs of the 21st century. Indy Achieves will make the journey easier for Indianapolis families by removing barriers and providing a debt-free pathway to a better future.

Are you a high school junior from a lower socioeconomic background who has excelled academically but feels that many of the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to some of  the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college. The deadline for seniors has passed, but juniors should keep this opportunity in mind for early next fall. Watch the QuestBridge video here to learn more.

The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective scholarship for outstanding minority high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of student leaders to help them realize their maximum potential. To learn more and apply, please go here and watch this video.

The Indiana Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program is a federally funded, state-administered program that provides financial and academic support for young adults who’ve left the foster care system and are enrolled in qualified colleges, universities, or vocational education programs. This and other resources are available through Foster Success. Additionally, Foster Success runs Catalyst, a six-week summer bridge program specifically for students who have experienced foster care as a teen the summer between high school graduation and their first year of college. Applications for next summer will open in February 2022. Any students who are in foster care and are not 21st Century Scholars, please let your College Counselor know ASAP because all students grades 7-12 who are in foster care are eligible for 21st Century Scholars.

The Beautillion Militaire was organized in 1986 by the Jack and Jill of America, Indianapolis Chapter to provide a personal development experience and recognition event for African-American male high school students. Young men in their junior or senior year of high school who excel in the areas of leadership, academics, athletics, and service (school, church, and community) are eligible to apply. Each participant that completes the program will have the opportunity to win a scholarship or book award that can be used at a college or university of the recipient’s choice. To learn more about this opportunity, 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.

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.

The Thurgood Marshall College Fund and McDonald’s are proud to offer financial assistance to outstanding students attending HBCUs. Thirty-Three (33) scholars will be selected to receive a scholarship up to $15,000 ($7,500 per semester). To learn more about eligibility requirements and to apply, please go here, and to learn more about other scholarships through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, please go here.

The Indiana Latino Institute (ILI) is committed to increasing the number of Latinx high school and college graduates in Indiana through education-focused programming such as free college coaching and college preparation workshops, along with internship and scholarship opportunities. The COLLEGE ACCESS section for College Coaching at 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 and ILI’s Education Specialist will schedule an appointment with students to get started. Under COLLEGE SUCCESS you will also find the ILI Scholarshipsincluding and the James Waters Memorial Scholarship link.  This is a $1000.00 scholarship and students are encouraged to apply.

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 admissions.miami.edu/espanol para obtener más información.

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 totalling $60 million. These scholarships require an application. For more information and to apply, visit their website here.

Other scholarships for Hispanic students (Hispanic Student Scholarships), DACA students or Dreamers (DACA Student Scholarships), and undocumented students (Scholarships for Undocumented Students) are available.

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.

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean-American students seeking higher education. The foundation encourages leadership and civic service and seeks to nurture a sense of pride and confidence in Korean cultural heritage and tradition. To learn more and apply for scholarships through the KASF, please go here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Indiana Youth Group creates safe spaces to foster community and provides programming that empowers LGBTQ+ youth and magnifies their voices. To learn more about IYG and its resources and upcoming events, please go here.

Regardless of one’s identity, prospective college students should seek to find a place where they will feel accepted for who they are. To help students from diverse backgrounds better understand what to ask of colleges, U.S. News crowdsourced Diversity Questions for Colleges from school officials largely centered around students of color, LGBTQ students, religious minorities, those with disabilities, other protected classes and groups often marginalized. Having a sense of belonging on a campus can be critical to one’s success, and exploring these questions ahead of choosing where to attend can be valuable in making a good college choice.

In the USA, there are scholarships for refugees and immigrants. Here are a couple of resources:  Scholarships for Immigrants and Refugees or Refugee/Immigrant Scholarships.

Act Six provides full tuition scholarships to Indianapolis Act Six Partner Colleges and leadership training to student leaders from diverse backgrounds who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home. Scholars are actively recruited from across the region and chosen through a rigorous selection process. Once selected, Act Six scholars participate in six months of intensive training equipping them to succeed academically and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation. After training, Act Six scholars begin college ready to engage with their campus and community with a built-in support system and a sense of purpose as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation.

Strive for College connects students with financial need with free, one-to-one mentoring to help them navigate the college and financial aid application process. Students already in college can also be matched with a mentor for support to help them graduate and prepare for career opportunities. The Strive program is completely virtual, with mentors and students connecting through an online platform.

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 this link:  2021 College Diversity Fly-ins.

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.

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.

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 colleges, please go here.

The rich history of America’s HBCUs began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years, yet remains largely unknown. With Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, the story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life. Watch here.

Please follow these links and use the listed passcodes to view our virtual panel discussions during the 2020-2021 school year 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.

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.

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, etc. Please go here to find scholarship opportunities for underrepresented students.

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 bnewman@brebeuf.org