Oct 3

College Counseling News – October 3, 2019


Upcoming College Visits and Events

Ivy Tech Community College – October 14 – 11:10 a.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 


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.

Are you enrolled in a full-year and/or first semester only AP class? If so, registration for the corresponding AP exam is this Friday, October 4th!!! See below for additional information.


Are you enrolled in an AP class this year? If so, PLEASE READ! 

BIG CHANGES FOR 2019-2020!

The College Board is now asking students to register for AP exams in the fall, which they’ve found boosts the student’s chances of earning a score that translates to college credit. The exams will still take place in May (May 4-8, 2020 & May 11-15, 2020).


The AP exam registration deadline for full-year and first semester AP courses is October 4, 2019. For those students enrolled in a second semester AP class, he/she must register for the AP exam by February 14, 2020. These are strict deadlines and follow College Board policy, not school policy.


Go to myap.collegeboard.org and login to your existing College Board account. Use the same College Board account that you use for PSAT and SAT registration. If you are a sophomore, you’ll need to create a College Board account. You must obtain the join code from your AP teacher before enrolling in your class section, and before registering for the exam. Please see your AP teacher(s) or Mrs. Davis in College Counseling if you have any questions.


The Indiana Department of Education will once again be covering the cost of all math, science, and English AP exams. However, for all other subjects, the cost of the exam is $94 (this cost will be waived for those that qualify for free/reduced lunch). If you are a senior, the AP exam replaces the final exam for the course.


The fee for a canceled/unused exam is $40. No exceptions.


AP exam fees will be added to your tuition bill this year. If students are enrolled in a full year or first semester AP class and register to take the AP exam, he/she will be billed in late November. For those students enrolled in a second semester AP class and register to take the AP exam, he/she will be billed in late March / prior to spring break.

Questions? Contact Lindsay Davis – College Counselor & AP Coordinator – at ldavis@brebeuf.org.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

***The FAFSA IS OPEN! The Free Application for Federal Student Aid opened Oct. 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. 

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 Health Careers Opportunity Program to Increase Needed DiversitY (HCOP – INDY) is offering their College Prep Academy to current 11th and 12th grade high school students with an interest in the healthcare field. Criteria includes being from an economically or educationally disadvantaged background and the deadline to apply is October 4, 2019. For more information about the program and to apply, go to https://www.uindy.edu/mici-ahec/hcop.

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/.

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.