Oct 14

College Counseling News – October 14, 2020

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Upcoming Events


Here is the link to the financial aid presentation INvestEd did on September 30, 2020.

For further information and resources go to https://www.investedindiana.org/

Registration for the November 5 Virtual JET Fair from 2:00-6:00 p.m. EST is now open! 

Once registered, you can view the school profiles and videos that the 25 participating Jesuit Colleges and Universities have begun sharing.

You are invited to attend an upcoming Yale Virtual Session & Current Student Conversation for students in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio.

The session will include an overview of Yale undergraduate programs from regional admissions officers and a live panel conversation with Yale students from the area.

Sunday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. EDTRegister here!

Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. EDTRegister here!

The next NACAC Virtual College Fairs are happening soon!

On each fair date, more than 600 colleges and universities will offer Zoom sessions and meetings. Students everywhere can log in, drop in, and ask questions.

These fairs offer an unparalleled opportunity for students to explore their college options!

Global Health Organization: International Youth Researchers’ Conference Presents

Speaker Event:
October 17: 11AM EDT
Dr. Brandon Mogrovejo-will talk about patient narratives and his project to create comics to educate youth about health. 

Registration is free and can be found here: https://cumc.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9Ti1WZFcNyPNqIZ

Dr. Brandon Mogrovejo is a first-generation Latino physician at the Columbia Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital where he trains in pediatrics. Dr. Mogrovejo graduated from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians & Surgeons, and he makes inclusive medical comic books with diverse, underrepresented characters in his spare time for young adults and families, hoping to improve patient support and learning.

College Visits Next Week

Check into your SCOIR account to register for any of these visits!

**Email Mrs. Wolfe if you need access to your SCOIR account**

10/19/20University of Indianapolis, Villanova University, Creighton University, Case Western Reserve University

Visits after Fall Break:

10/26/20United States Military Academy (West Point), Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University

10/28/20Anderson University, Skidmore College, University of Cincinnati

10/29/20Providence College, Brock University, Purdue University

10/30/20Franklin & Marshall College, Purdue University-Ft. Wayne

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

BBC: A new way of living and dressing.

HBCUs Experiencing Better Student Compliance with Pandemic Restrictions

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

Launching from College- The Sprinters, Wanderers and Stregglers by  Jeff Selingo, MP3 Audio
(email Liz Otteman for info on this audio recording: lotteman@brebeuf.org)

NPR – Even In COVID-19 Hot Spots, Many Colleges Aren’t Aggressively Testing Students

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: bwolfe@brebeuf.org

Scholarship Updates

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 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.

The Cox Scholars at Indiana University (opens October 1)

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.

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.


Before I am able to help you with your search, I need to know the following information:


Horatio Alger Scholarship

The Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. While many programs are directed primarily to recognizing academic achievement or leadership potential, the Horatio Alger Association seeks students who have exhibited determination, integrity, and perseverance in overcoming adversity, as well as have critical financial need.

Coca Cola Scholars

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarship  – apply via Common App

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities.

Ron Brown Scholars

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.

The Gates Scholarship

The Gates Scholarship is a highly selective, last-dollar scholarship for exceptional, Pell-eligible, minority, high school seniors. Starting in 2018, the scholarship will be awarded to 300 top student leaders each year with the intent of promoting their academic excellence through college graduation and providing them the opportunity to reach their full potential.

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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Announcements

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

Explore IU on October 20 is a unique visit day program for historically underrepresented juniors and seniors to interact with faculty, staff and students at IU. This program features several workshops aimed at showcasing support services for underrepresented students in and out of the classroom. For Fall 2020, this workshop will be held virtually and feature some pre-workshop resources to connect prospective students to faculty and academic resources. This event is by invitation only and requires a reservation. Questions? Please call 812-855-0661 or email Khala Granville at kgranvil@indiana.edu. To learn more, go Here.

A virtual information series with the Indiana Latino Expo on October 14 will explore the benefits of the 21st Century Scholarship. High school students and their parents will learn how to participate in activities that fulfill ScholarTrack program requirements. Activities include watching videos, engaging with current scholars, IU alumni, and staff to help students get on the right track for college and career success. To learn more and to register, go  Here.

The IU Groups Scholars Program was created as a way to increase college attendance among first generation underrepresented students at Indiana University Bloomington. The Groups Scholars Program provides academic, financial, and social support to student participants. High school seniors who apply must be a resident of the state of Indiana, meet income guidelines, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. IU will be hosting Groups Information Sessions on Oct. 14 @ 3 pm and @ 5pm. Students need to register for one of these sessions at least 2 days prior to the date they plan to attend, and then IU will send the Zoom link with the passcode. The link to register is https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_03Chd1y2guiUD77. For more information and a link to the application, please see Mrs. Newman, IU Groups Recommender for Brebeuf.

Latinx students and families are invited to a webinar in Spanish to learn how to prepare for college. Hear from Indiana University faculty, alumni, students, and other parents. El rumbo a la universidad: Saber es el poder! (The road to the university: Knowledge is power!) will be held on October 15 from 5:30-7:30 pm. To learn more and to register, go Here.

Being Black is a webinar series specifically curated to the needs and experiences of Black high school students and their parents. The presentations will feature college admissions experts who will share their personal advice and perspectives on topics such as Financing College, Being Black at HBCUs, Understanding Black Greek Life, and Black Student Life at College. This webinar series is free and open to all Black high school students and their parents. We encourage you to enjoy conversations live, but all registrants will receive a link to the recordings. To learn more and to register, 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.

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 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. In addition, plan to attend an information session via Google Meet with Mr. Darien Thompson, Associate Director of Diversity Initiatives in the Krannert School of Management on Tuesday, October 20th during the 1:35-2:20pm PRT. This is the Google Meet link to join: https://meet.google.com/iee-hpkq-iwi

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.

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.

Many colleges and universities across the country, in addition to Miami (OH) and Tulane University listed above, 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.