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College Counseling News – November 19, 2020

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Upcoming Events

Please register here to attend our Junior Parent/Guardian Virtual Launch Meeting on Friday, December 4th at 12:00pm.

This meeting will give junior parents/guardians a preview of what lies ahead for their student as they begin the college search and application process.

Confirmation of your registration will include a link to submit questions in advance. The Zoom meeting link will be sent out the morning of the event.

(This webinar will be recorded for those who are not able to attend.)


Saturday, December 5

Since 2013, the teen writing conference has given young writers a great experience of attending a type of event typically reserved for adults. From key-note speakers to hands-on breakout sessions, students will get to spend time with published and professional authors and have a chance to improve their own writing skills.

Limited to just 100 students, the day-long, virtual conference will go from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with an optional afternoon session from 1:15 to 3 p.m. — all for the price of $60 per student. Each participant will receive two autographed books and a Get Inked Journal!

See Full Agenda Here

Get Registered Here


Students: Explore enrichment opportunities while still in high school that can help you decide areas of interest that you can pursue after graduation by clicking here.

Come visit with admissions representatives from these five prestigious colleges.  Registration is required and can be done by clicking here.

These opportunities will run from November 9–February 18. In addition to the college booths, there will be a series of 13 webinars addressing overarching topics such as paying for college, helping student-athletes get recruited, and essay writing advice from The College Essay Guy.   For further information about each of the events and how to register, click here: slate of events.

BETTER YOUTH OUTCOMES, LLC is a social enterprise focused on helping employers connect and engage with motivated, qualified high school  college students and young adults, especially those from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups. Through a managed process that delivers value to both the employer and student, BYO seeks to increase the quantity and quality of work-based learning experiences. Finally, Better Youth Outcomes partners with employers across all industries to create, optimize and grow work-based learning experiences for youth and young adults.


Attention Seniors!


ACT Scores in Naviance

Seniors, if you have taken the ACT any time since July, 2020 please share your scores with the College Counseling Office so that we can record them in Naviance.

Email a copy of your scores to Mrs. Wolfe:

Attention Juniors

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

Scholarship opportunity for Junior students

The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2022 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (current high school seniors are not eligible to apply).

Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. Today’s competitive academic culture regrettably sometimes drives students to hype their accomplishments and pursue ambitious efforts merely to attain credentials. The Coolidge Scholarship pushes back on this trend. Successful candidates are indeed accomplished, but exhibit humility with respect to their achievements and pursue things of genuine interest to them regardless of the perceived prestige associated with the activity. A complete description of the scholarship’s criteria is available here.

The competition for the Coolidge Scholarship is indeed significant — but even students who do not win have reported to us they are glad they went through the application process because it helps prepare them for college applications later on. Furthermore, the Coolidge Foundation invites 100 of the top applicants to participate in its Coolidge Senators Program, which includes an all-expenses-paid Summit Weekend in Washington, D.C and a one-time $1,000 scholarship. Applicants who make it to the finalist level, but do not ultimately win the full scholarship, also receive a modest one-time finalist scholarship.

Alert: the application requires that applicants read President Coolidge’s Autobiography and complete a few other reading assignments. While the book is not overly long, we encourage applicants to begin the application early so that they have plenty of time. Candidates who begin the application at the last minute are unlikely to be successful. The submission deadline is 5:00 PM EST, Wednesday, January 20, 2021.

Applications for the Coolidge Scholarship can be found here:

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

College Admissions Decoded Podcast: National Association for College Admission Counseling

INvested: Comparing is Critical – Resource to assist comparison of college costs, loan programs and affordability

Who Gets In and Why: A Year Inside College Admissions by Jeff Selingo

Education Dive : A few colleges loosened fall grading policies. Will others follow?

Launching from College- The Sprinters, Wanderers and Stragglers by  Jeff Selingo, MP3 Audio
(email Liz Otteman for info on this audio recording:

Today: Why is college so expensive? 4 reasons for the ever-rising costs

Limitless, Nine Steps to Launch Your One Extraordinary Life by Peter G. Ruppert

Inside Higher Ed:What It Takes to Get Into College If You Have Learning Differences

Inside Higher Ed: Duke Study Highlights Importance of Asymptomatic Testing

Inside Higher Ed: Grinnell Pulls Loans From Aid Packages

Inside Higher Ed: The Week in Admissions News


Scholarship Updates

Foot Locker Scholar Athletes Program

The Foot Locker Scholar Athletes program honors student-athletes who demonstrate exceptional academic ability and strong leadership skills in sports, in their schools, and within their communities.

Whether you’re the lead scorer or the most spirited team player, we want to hear how you have taken the skills you’ve cultivated in the locker room and used them to create a powerful, positive impact on the lives of others around you. Twenty Foot Locker Scholar Athletes will each receive $20,000 in college scholarship money for their excellence in school, on their sports teams, and in their communities.


Judges will evaluate each of the fully completed scholarship applications on a points system based on, among other factors:

  • Embody good sportsmanship and strong moral character. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes are trusted and respected members of their schools and communities. They have built strong relationships with and will leave a lasting impact on other students, administrators, and community members.
  • Display academic excellence. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes are intellectually curious, set high academic goals for themselves, and excel in their studies.
  • Are passionate and committed to empowering the community in which they live. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes have made a significant commitment to improving the lives of others.
  • Are confident and enthusiastic about being a leader. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes aren’t reluctant role models. They are confident, honest, and passionate leaders who take on challenges for the greater good.
  • Come from diverse backgrounds. Foot Locker Scholar Athletes have unique life stories, are from different places, have varied academic ambitions, and play a wide range of sports.
  • Foot Locker Scholar Athletes share key attributes:
  • Proactive and highly motivated
  • Inspiring and charismatic
  • Honest and trustworthy
  • Genuine
  • Strong and courageous

Williams Comfort Air and Mr. Plumber $1000 Dollar Scholarship

Williams Comfort Air and Mr. Plumber Indy are local, leading HVAC & Plumbing contractors serving Central Indiana. Our businesses provide trustworthy and dependable heating and cooling installation, maintenance, and service, as well as plumbing, drain, and sewer service and installation, and our privilege is to give back to the Greater Indianapolis Area.We value integrity, kindness and commitment in everything that we do. These leadership attributes are pillars of performance that drive innovation, growth, and success. The MAX Scholarships for Leadership are a way for us to celebrate and reward these qualities in our 2020 graduates. Through these scholarships we will recognize outstanding individuals who have demonstrated integrity, kindness and commitment in school, at home, and within our community.

For more information about the scholarship program, please visit this page:

For more information about Williams Comfort Air and Mr. Plumber Indy, please visit our website at

The Jackie Robinson Scholarship Foundation (Opens Nov. 1)

Wilson Kehoe Winingham writing contest ($5000) 

WKW Scholarship Program encourages students to share their ideas on how the legal system can help with the opioid crisis in the United States. Applicants must be senior students in the State of Indiana.

Silver Pen Writing Competition ($1500)

Silver Pen is open to all high school seniors who live or attend school within 25 miles of the community they are applying to (The Stratford – Carmel, IN). Employees of the community are also eligible. There is no GPA requirement for this writing competition.

Danforth Scholars Program at Washington University in Saint Louis

The Danforth Scholars Program honors students with a passion for helping others. We are looking for students who have demonstrated leadership in service and a strong commitment to community. Danforth Scholars are also known for their academic excellence, personal integrity, and high ideals..

GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship

Honoring the legacy and character of our nation’s 40th President, the GE-Reagan Foundation Scholarship Program rewards college-bound students who demonstrate exemplary leadership, drive, integrity, and citizenship with financial assistance to pursue higher education.


Xavier University Scholarships:


  • Scholarship Application Deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Must also apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA by December 1, 2020

$3,000 renewable Legacy Scholarships are awarded to qualifying incoming first year students who are lineal descendants (children or grandchildren) of Xavier graduates


Before accessing scholarship and honors applications you must submit your application for admission to Xavier, either through the Common Application or the Xavier application. Upon submission of your application for admission you will receive an email with log-in credentials that will allow you to access scholarship applications, honors applications, and your personal application status page. Test scores are not required for this competitive scholarship consideration.


  • Scholarship Application Deadline: December 1, 2020
  • Must also apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA by December 1, 2020

One-year, $2,000 scholarships are given to incoming freshmen from Indiana. Applicants must apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA by December 1.


Contemplatives in Action – Brebeuf Scholarship at the University of Indianapolis

The Contemplatives in Action Scholarship for Brebeuf Jesuit students provides four $20,000 scholarships to Brebeuf Jesuit students who are enrolled at the University of Indianapolis as full-time students. Students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and are US Citizens are eligible to apply. Applications can be found at the link above. If interested, please return the completed scholarship form to Ms. Shank by Feb. 1, 2021.

The James B. Duke Scholarship at Davidson University

The James B. Duke Scholarship recognizes students whose academic achievement, diverse talents, work ethic, resilience, and concern for others give evidence of their capacity to make a difference in the world. Five new James B. Duke Scholars will be named in each entering class. The award is valued annually at full tuition + a $5000 special study stipend.  Any Davidson applicant for admission is eligible to apply.

The James B. Duke Scholarship at Furman University

Duke Scholarships are Furman’s most prestigious academic awards, given each year to incoming students in recognition of their exceptional academic accomplishments as well as significant leadership, service and co-curricular involvement. These awards go to our most outstanding applicants–typically the top one or two percent of our applicant pool. Select students will be invited in early February to attend a Scholarship Interview Event, which will take place in March. Your application for admission also serves as your application for this scholarship.

The Salvation Army First Generation HOPE Scholars Program

The First Generation Hope Scholars Program is designed to recognize students with a history of overcoming adversity, as evidenced by an unconquerable human spirit demonstrated in the life a high school student. Please note the following criteria for which nominees will be evaluated:

  • First, they are on track to attend and complete post-secondary education as the FIRST in their family (parent or grandparent) to do so
  • Document record of overcoming significant adversity
  • Academic achievement and demonstrated ability to realistically pursue their post-secondary goals
  • Participation and accomplishment outside the classroom, both inside and outside school
  • Personal motivation and positive and persistent attitude toward obstacles and setback which are an inspiration to others.

If you are a first generation student interested in being nominated for this scholarship, please email Ms. Shank directly.

Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student

The 2021 Most Valuable Student scholarship contest is open to any high school senior who is a US citizen. Applicants will be judged on scholarship, leadership, and financial need. Applications are due 11/15.

The Cox Scholars at Indiana University

The Cox Scholars Program rewards hard work and a commitment to self-improvement. There are six different Cox Scholarships that you may be eligible for. All scholarships include the following components:

Financial support:  Cox Scholars will receive a scholarship and wage package that—in conjunction with any other institutional funding—will total the official cost of attendance at Indiana University Bloomington.

A part-time work commitment: All Cox Scholars work eight to ten hours each week of the academic school year. Your work assignment will vary based on the scholarship you’re awarded and your career interests.

Student Athletes/Recruitment Information

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

The NCAA has announced that students in the Class of 2021 who initially enroll full time in college during the 2021-22 academic year 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

Through the Shepherd Community Center’s ActSix program, underrepresented student leaders, citizens and non-citizens (DACA students), are identified and provided with full need scholarships to Taylor University and Oakland City University. In addition, scholarship recipients receive 21 weeks of college readiness training. To learn more, watch a recording about the program here and to apply, 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 totalling $60 million. These scholarships require an application. For more information and to apply, visit their website Here.

Holland Blackburn Scholarship is administered by the Ridley Foundation through the University of Virginia’s alumni association. The scholarship is designed to attract academically talented African-American students from across the nation to the University of Virginia and is specifically for out-of-state students. Approximately two scholarships are awarded annually, cover full tuition and fees and are renewable for four years. To select new Holland scholars each year, the most outstanding African-American applicants (based on their academic performance, leadership capabilities, and potential as role models for their peers) are invited to Grounds to compete for the scholarship. In recent years, Holland scholars have averaged 650 or better on each section of their SATs (UVA is test optional this year) and are typically in the top 10% of their class. Interested students need to apply to the University of Virginia by December 1, 2020. To learn more, visit the Ridley Scholarship website 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.

IUPUI offers scholarship opportunities for a wide range of underrepresented students, as well as awards for certain academic majors and programs.  The first step to applying for most of these awards is to submit your scholarship application by February 15. To learn more, please 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.

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 college coaching and college preparation workshops, along with internship and scholarship opportunities, can be found at this link: Indiana Latino Institute – EDUCATION

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

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

The Nikhil Desai Perspective Scholarship is for anyone who has had a moment shift their perspective on what it means to be alive. It can be joyous, sorrowful, or comedic. Everyone’s experience is unique. Applicants who are first-generation American or first-generation college students are preferred, but ultimately the winner will be chosen based on the quality of their essay. To learn more and to apply, go Here.

The Horatio Alger Scholarship assists students with financial need who have faced and overcome great adversity and obstacles in their lives while exhibiting determination, integrity, and perseverance. For more information and to apply, please go Here.

The Ron Brown Scholarship honors the legacy of Ronald H. Brown through a selective scholarship program that advances higher education for community-minded and intellectually gifted African Americans. RBSP competitively awards Ron Brown Scholars four-year $40,000 scholarships ($10,000 each year) to the most talented and economically-challenged high school seniors who demonstrate a keen interest in public service, community engagement, business entrepreneurship and global citizenship – the four pillars of the late Ronald H. Brown’s mission to uplift people of all races, cultures and ethnicities – especially disadvantaged youth. To learn more and to apply, please go Here.

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