Oct 24

College Counseling News – October 24, 2019


Upcoming College Visits and Events

Syracuse University – October 25 – 8:55 a.m.
Indiana Institute of Technology – October 28 – 1:35 p.m.
Wofford College – October 29 – 11:10 a.m.
Saint Louis University – October 30 – 12:50 p.m.
Chatham University – October 29 – 12:50 p.m.
Kalamazoo College – October 31 – 9:15 a.m.
Marquette University – October 31 – 1:35 p.m.

Note to seniors from the College Counseling team this week:  

Take advantage of the college application work session on Friday morning, October 25 at 7:30 a.m. in LGI if you need help with a final application question, need another review of an essay or just need to go through the process with a counselor.

Ready to submit?

Students: You must send/submit your Completed Application (Common Application or Coalition Application or Institutional Application), Writing Supplements, and Official Scores from the testing agency if required

Counselors: Your Counselor will send/submit your Official Transcript, Counselor Report, Counselor Letter of Recommendation,Teacher Letter of Recommendation(s), School Report and School Profile

All Counselor Documents will be sent to the schools on your Naviance list on October 31.

Mrs. Easterday has open door application help sessions on the following dates:
October 28 – 10:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m
October 30 – 11:50 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events:

Senior Application Work Session
Friday, October 25 – 7:00 – 8:15 a.m. in the LGI

DePauw University Programs of Distinction
Tuesday, October 29 – Brebeuf Jesuit – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This Programs of Distinction Showcase is designed to give you an inside view into some unique honors programs at DePauw. Following a brief presentation by program directors, each program will break out into individual spaces and current students will share their amazing program stories.  Refreshments will be served!

  • Honor Scholars – Intensify your studies between disciplines to understand the world’s most difficult and pressing issues. Open to all majors, Honor Scholars are regarded for their insatiable curiosity and continual drive for excellence in the liberal arts.
  • Environmental Fellows – Approach the environment from a multidisciplinary perspective through a variety of keystone classes, co-curricular activities and hands-on practicum. Open to all majors, Environmental Fellows are problem solvers, addressing urgent matters facing this generation such as diminishing biodiversity, pollution, climate change and social justice issues.
  • Management Fellows –  Develop concentrated management experience through a focused liberal arts education, business internships and relevant real-world experience. Management Fellows graduates become successful leaders at some of the world’s top public, private and nonprofit enterprises.
  • Media Fellows – Immerse yourself in the evolving world of media through hands-on studio experience, coveted off-campus internships and a robust speaker series that brings students face-to-face with field professionals. Media Fellows become effective operators of different forms of media useful for a wide-range of careers in communications.

To register for the event, please click here.

College Goal Sunday
November 3, 2019 from 2:00-4:00pm

This is your chance to receive FREE help from financial aid experts on filling out and submitting the FAFSA! Click here to view five locations across Indianapolis.

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

Mrs. Davis – Surviving College Application Season

Mrs. Newman – It’s Time to Have the Tough Talk About How to Pay for College

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. 

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.

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. 

Please reach out to Ms. Shank (kshank@brebeuf.org) in College Counseling if you have any questions.

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

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.