Oct 10

College Counseling News – October 10, 2019


Upcoming College Visits and Events

Ivy Tech Community College – October 14 – 11:10 a.m.
Michigan State University – October 14 – 12:50 p.m.
Dartmouth College – October 15 – 9:15 a.m.
Bellarmine University – October 15 – 12:50 p.m.
Grand Canyon University – October 17 – 9:15 a.m.
University of Evansville – October 17 – 1:35 p.m.
College 101 Night – November 14 – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (optional tour at 5:30 p.m.)
Ivy Tech Community College – RSVP

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

From Ms. Shank: Paying the Price – Sara Goldrick-Rab 

From Mrs. Easterday: Stop, Breathe & Think 

From Mrs. Davis: 8 Steps to Filling Out the FAFSA

From Mrs. Smith: ACT Change Will Allow Students to Retake Individual Sections


The PSAT/NMSQT will take place on Wednesday, October 16 at Brebeuf Jesuit, and will be administered to all 10th and 11th grade students. Students are automatically registered and there is no fee required. Please visit https://brebeuf.org/psat-information/ to learn more!

Students – test room locations have been posted throughout the school building and also been emailed to you. Please report promptly to your test room location at 8:00am on test day and bring a no. 2 pencil and calculator! NO MECHANICAL PENCILS!

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Davis, PSAT Coordinator, at ldavis@brebeuf.org.

Winter Break Service Trip

Do you like to travel? Do you like experiencing new cultures? Do you want to gain service hours? Start the new year in Peru! Bainbridge Sports is organizing a winter service (tourism and volunteering) trip for students to gain community service and travel experience. The trip is open to students, age 16+, from December 26 – January 2. For more information, check out their website.

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. 

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: http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/Student_Resources/CBSA.pdf.

Equity and Inclusion Announcements

On Saturday, October 12, CLD holds its Emerging Scholars – Keys to College Admissions Day at Crispus Attucks High School from 10AM – 1:30PM. This event is open to all high school students & parents and provides  information about applying to college, writing a college essay, attending a college admissions interview, navigating financial aid and scholarships, and life in college. Also, students who complete CLD’s Self-Discovery/Career Exploration Program, College Prep Program, and Emerging Scholars Day will get information on how they can apply for CLD College and Corporate Scholarships! Registration is now open at this link: https://cldinc.org/programs-and-initiatives/emerging-cld-scholars/.

Explore IU seeks to help students of color see themselves at IU. The day is filled with opportunities to meet faculty and students, engage with student organizations and learn about IU’s diverse cultural opportunities. Juniors, seniors, and their parents are welcome and a full breakfast will be provided. Please see the flyer for additional details.

The Indiana University Groups Scholars Program provides academic, social, and financial support to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University, and was created to increase attendance among first-generation, underrepresented students with financial need. In order to be eligible for the IU Groups Scholars Program, an applicant must meet certain income guidelines. For example, a family of four must have an annual income below $65,000. In addition, a student must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. If you think you meet eligibility requirements to apply to the IU Groups Scholars Program, please see Mrs. Newman, College Counselor and IU Groups Recommender.

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 bnewman@brebeuf.org.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

***The FAFSA IS OPEN! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opened October 1. We strongly encourage all families to complete the FAFSA regardless of your family income. Certain scholarships require that families have a FAFSA complete before they can be awarded. 

AXA Achievement Scholarship application opens (deadline 12/14 or when first 10,000 applications received)

Now Open – The Richard Luger Fund for Hoosier Excellence Scholarship – two scholarships worth $20,000 and eight $4,000 scholarship will be awarded – to be eligible, candidates must be a minority high school senior (African American, Hispanic, or Native American), intend to enroll in an Indiana college or University, have a minimum SAT of 1000 or ACT of 22 and a 3.0 or higher. If you are a student who is interested in this opportunity, please contact Ms. Shank.

October 15 – Nomination deadline for NC State Park Scholarships (2 endorsements) – interested students should contact Ms. Shank. 

The mission of the Park Scholarships program is to bring exceptional students to NC State, based on outstanding accomplishments and potential in scholarship, leadership, service, and character.

The Park Scholarship provides:

  • Four-year scholarship valued at up to $111,000 in-state and up to $205,000 out-of-state, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, travel, and personal expenses

  • Grants to fund professional and personal enrichment experiences, such as research projects, service activities, and conferences in the United States and abroad

  • Early course registration

  • Guaranteed invitation to join the University Scholars Program or University Honors Program for all Park Scholarships Finalists

Personal and Professional Development in Scholarship, Leadership, and Service

  • Mentoring: Park Faculty Mentors work individually with Park Scholars on preparation for undergraduate research, internships, graduate/professional schools, and national scholarships

  • Freshman Seminar: Weekly seminar during the first year featuring distinguished guests, including former North Carolina Governor James Hunt and outstanding NC State faculty

  • Retreats: Team-building retreats at the start of the freshman and senior years

  • Learning Labs: Experiential learning opportunities to study leadership in the context of state and national issues

  • Leadership Academy: A comprehensive, four-year program designed to develop Park Scholars’ leadership potential

  • Civic Engagement Initiatives: Year-long projects with community agencies to develop strategies and implement solutions for issues facing the populations they serve

October 15 – Nomination deadline for the Meyerhof Scholars Program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County 

Meyerhoff Scholars are selected for their interests in the sciences, engineering, mathematics, or computer science and their plans to pursue a Ph.D. or combined M.D./Ph.D. in the sciences or engineering. The selection committee considers academic performance, standardized test scores, recommendation letters, and proven commitment to community service. The nomination-based application process is open to prospective undergraduate students of all backgrounds who plan to pursue doctoral study in the sciences or engineering and who are interested in the advancement of minorities in those fields. The program’s success is built on the premise that, among like-minded students who work closely together, positive energy is contagious. By assembling such a high concentration of high-achieving students in a tightly knit learning community, students continually inspire one another to do more and better.

October 19 – Nomination deadline for Levine Scholars at UNC Charlotte – if you wish to be nominated, please contact Ms. Shank

The Levine Scholars Program takes the brightest, most capable students and gives them the tools, resources and environment they need to explore the world around them, engage deeply in their communities and excel across disciplines. The four-year scholarship includes full tuition, room, board, a grant to implement a service project of the Scholar’s own design, and four summers of experiences that will develop leadership skills, social awareness and an international perspective.

Nov. 5 – Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student application deadline

The 2020 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.

Nov. 9 – Nomination deadline for John Montgomery Belk Scholarship at Davidson – Please see Ms. Shank if you wish to be nominated

Belk Scholars are energetic, adventurous, studious, artistic, athletic, creative, collaborative, engaged, and compassionate. Scholars must demonstrate academic excellence and purposeful engagement in the classroom, in student and civic organizations, on the athletic field, or in the arts. While academic achievement is paramount, Belk Scholars also exhibit intellectual curiosity and a commitment to both their local and global communities.