Oct 17

College Counseling News – October 17, 2019


Upcoming College Visits and Events

Texas Christian University – October 21 – 11:10 a.m.
Earlham College – October 21 – 1:35 p.m.
Connecticut College – October 21 –  3:15 p.m.
Boston University – October 22 – 11:10 a.m.
The New School – October 22 – 12:50 p.m.
Performing & Visual Arts College Fair – October 22 – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. – Butler University – Efroymson Family Gym – Register HERE
University of Saint Francis – October 23 – 9:15 a.m.
Syracuse University – October 25 – 8:55 a.m.

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

From Mrs. Smith – An Open Letter to College-Bound Students and Their Parents

From Mrs. Easterday:  A go-to in helping deescalate.  Use as a coping tool with students when anxious and stressful feelings are amplified.

From our team: List of colleges willing to accept self-reported ACT and SAT scores 

From our team: Midwest Tuition Exchange: The MSEP serves as the Midwest’s largest multi-state tuition reciprocity program.

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.

Notre Dame Pre-College Summer 2020 Programs – Applications are now LIVE!

Applications Live October 15, 2019. Do you have students who are ready for an extraordinary summer experience? Our pre-college programs offer high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to earn college credit, experience world-class academics, and immerse themselves in the Notre Dame community on campus and abroad. Please encourage promising students to apply beginning October 15, 2019 to one of our stellar on-campus programs or summer study abroad opportunities! Leadership Seminars: July 18 – July 29, 2020

A 10-day program for current juniors in which the University pays for admitted students’ tuition, meals, and housing. Students experience life at Notre Dame, live on campus, and study under esteemed Notre Dame faculty in this highly competitive program. Study Abroad Rome: June 6 – June 20, 2020

Current juniors may apply for this incredible experience of two weeks immersed in the history and culture of the Eternal City, with scholars representing a range of fields on hand to guide students in their exploration of this ancient city. Study Abroad Ireland: July 18 – August 1, 2020

Current juniors may apply for 12 days of adventure in Dublin and Connemara, Ireland! Guided by Notre Dame faculty and local scholars, students embark on an exploration of Irish culture, history, and landscape.

Karlsruhe Institute of Technology – Carl Benz School Summer Engineering Program

Karlsruhe, Germany

Join one of our summer programs to take a sneak peek into the world of engineering. The unique combination of challenging lectures and workshops in engineering and leisure activities addresses technically interested students from age 16-19. The Carl Benz School offers two Summer Programs, the Carl Benz School Summer School at the Campus in Karlsruhe, Germany and the Summer Engineering Academy at the KIT branch in Suzhou, China. Both programs provide hands-on activities, company visits and lectures for young students to gain a first impression of the field of engineering. Costs: The course fee amounts to 900 Euro, including excursions, workshops, institute visits, lunches, leisure activities, and tram tickets. The fee does not include costs for travel and accommodation. Application Deadline: May 31 Location: Karlsruhe, Germany; Dates: June 20 – 26, June 27 – July 03, and July 11 – 17, 2020

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

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 image above 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 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.