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College Counseling News – November 20, 2019


Upcoming Visits

US Naval Academy – November 26 –  11:10 a.m.

Upcoming Events

Junior College Search Launch Meetings in the LGI

November 25 – 11:10 a.m. (1st PRT)
November 26 – 7:30 a.m. (before school) and 12:50 p.m. (2nd PRT)

We will be kicking off the college admissions process for Juniors with brief college search sessions. During this meeting we will be covering the following: Naviance and *new* SCOIR (college counseling software), standardized testing, ‘Naviance SuperMatch’ – an intuitive matching algorithm that helps students sort preferred characteristics of colleges, and how to prepare for both the Junior individual and family meetings. Students are required to attend one of the meeting times above offered before school or during PRTs.

Service Academy Day

Tuesday, December 10
12:45-1:45 p.m. (during 5s & PRT P)
France Stone Room

Interested in one, or more, of the service academies? Come learn about the admission process, timeline, requirements, etc. as well as how to obtain a congressional nomination. Representatives from the academies, along with congressional reps, will be present to take your questions. All interested students are encouraged to attend!

Summer Program Opportunities

Oxbridge at St. Andrews – For current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students!

Program Overview: The study course will be the history of Scotland and England, as well as Celtic identity. Class will meet each morning, and there are planned activities in the afternoons and evenings, including an outing to the Royal and Ancient golf-testing facility at Kingsbarns, walks along the Fife Coastal Path, tour of the cathedral ruins, and summer games on the beach, as well as a day trip to Edinburgh.

Dates: Saturday, July 19 – Saturday, July 25, 2020, immediately following the second session of summer school.

Cost: The cost is $2,150, which covers the program fee, room, and breakfast and dinner each day.  Students will need to bring money for lunches and additional purchases. Round-trip airfare will be an additional $1,200 (approximate estimate as of today). Each family will also be required to purchase trip insurance, through a vendor that we provide, for approximately $125.

Registration: Registration in the college counseling office begins November 1 and ends December 1 at 4:00 p.m. The trip is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. If needed, we will maintain a wait list after the first 20 students register. A deposit of $500, check made payable to the Foundation for International Education must accompany the registration form for it to be complete. The balance is due to Oxbridge by February 3, 2020.

Passport: Students need a current U.S. passport, not to expire within six months of our return date. If students or families have any questions, please see Liz Otteson in the College Counseling Office.

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

Scholarship Information

Nov. 30 – Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship application deadline

The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship provides 200 high-achieving high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in education the opportunity to earn a renewable scholarship of up to $7,500 each year for four academic years. In exchange, students agree to teach for five years at an eligible Indiana school.

Nov. 30 Application due for The Sullivan Leadership Award at Seattle University 

Each year, Seattle University selects nine incoming freshmen to receive the Sullivan Leadership Award. This award covers the entirety of their undergraduate tuition, housing, and meals for four years of study. Selection criteria includes Academic Excellence (Typically, Sullivan Scholarship recipients have a GPA of 3.7 or higher), Leadership (through school activities, public service and community involvement), Service, and Communication skills.

Dec. 1 – Application due for the Karen McKellin International Leader of Tomorrow Award at The University of British Columbia (Canada)

This need-and-merit-based award recognizes international undergraduate students who demonstrate superior academic achievement, leadership skills, involvement in student affairs and community service, and recognized achievement in other key areas.

Dec. 1 – Nomination deadline (open mid-Sept; up to 6) for Presidential Scholarship at Villanova  

Representing diverse intellectual, social, ethnic, and economic backgrounds, Presidential Scholars are transformational leaders both on and off campus who have demonstrated a love of learning and a commitment to enhancing both their local and broader civic communities.

Dec. 1 – Application deadline for the Johnson Scholarship Program at Washington and Lee University (reviewed as part of the full application)

Designed to attract students with proven academic achievement, demonstrated leadership and profound curiosity, the Johnson Scholarship program supports recipients in their studies so they are able to graduate debt free. A Johnson Scholarship is awarded to approximately 10% of each entering class and covers full tuition and grant funding for summer study.

Dec. 5 – Application due for Kiwanis Abe Lincoln Scholarship 

The Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis has sponsored the Abe Lincoln Awards Program to recognize students who have achieved while overcoming physical, emotional, and environmental adversity.

Dec. 7 – Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship ($2500, community service, no nom.)

The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills. Students must demonstrate financial need.

Dec. 7 – Wilson Kehoe Winingham writing contest ($5000, essay w/ law/justice prompt) 

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.

Dec. 14 – Application deadline for Salvation Army 1st Generation Hope Scholars (1 senior may apply, nomination required from college counselor)

1st Generation Hope Scholarships will provide financial assistance to hard working individuals seeking to be the first in their families to graduate from college. The application process also takes into account need, prior academic success, demonstrated commitment to overcoming barriers, and insight into the long-term benefit of degree attainment for the student, the family, and the community.

Dec. 14 – Silver Pen Writing Competition ($1500) deadline

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.

Dec. 15 – Application deadline for the 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.

Jan. 2 – Foot Locker Student Athlete Scholarship application deadline

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.

Jan. 4 – GE Reagan Foundation Scholarship program application deadline

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.

Jan. 15 – Deadline to apply (current Juniors) for The Coolidge Scholarship 

Coolidge Scholars are selected based primarily on academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: an interest in public policy, an appreciation for and understanding of the values President Coolidge championed, as well as humility and service. 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 on enrolling in college in the fall of 2021 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply. The Coolidge Foundation invites the top 100 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, receive a one- time finalist scholarship of $5,000.

College-Bound Student-Athletes 

If you are a student-athlete planning to compete at the college level, please remember that you must achieve at least a 2.3 GPA in core academic courses to be eligible. Also, please remember to enter 9999 on the College Board and/or ACT student websites to send your SAT and/or ACT scores to the NCAA. Download and read the updated NCAA College-Bound Student-Athlete Guide for more information about the initial-eligibility and recruiting process:

Equity and Inclusion Announcements

The College of Charleston in South Carolina offers multiple scholarship opportunities to Jewish students. If interested, please go to to learn more about these and other opportunities at the College of Charleston.

Students interested in other Scholarships for Jewish Students can find information about many opportunities Here.

Scholarships for minority students vary in their criteria and are not limited to race or ethnicity. Some examples include African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanic and Latinos, Asian and Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ, in some instances, women, and so forth. Please go to the following link Here to find scholarship opportunities for minority students.

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 our disadvantaged youth. Learn more and apply.

Many colleges offer free college fly-in programs, such as the one listed below, to underrepresented students in order to increase diversity on their campuses. These programs are wonderful opportunities to see and experience campuses in different regions of the country.  Please find a complete list of these opportunities.

Questions about Equity and Inclusion announcements? Contact Beth Newman at