Oct 6

College Counseling News – October 6, 2021


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Upcoming Events


Seniors– Please make sure if you are applying to a college or university with an October 15th deadline (could be a college/university in Florida/NC/GA/SC) that you make sure that you have connected with your teacher who is writing your letter of recommendation. You must also formally request the LOR in SCOIR or your teacher will not be able to upload it.

The College Counseling Staff recommends for ALL students to please make sure you have contacted the teachers who will be writing your letter of recommendation as well as completing the Teacher Facilitation Form in SCOIR.

Teachers cannot, will not complete those letters of recommendation without that form.  Need help?  Your College Counseling Staff is ready to assist!


Register at: https://connect.oberlin.edu/portal/consortium_student


IU Kelley School of Business – Petition for Direct Admission

Attention seniors! If you are applying to IU-Bloomington with the plan of pursuing the Kelley School of Business, and do not meet the direct admission criteria, you must request approval for direct admission to Kelley by submitting a petition. More than 65% of submitted petitions are approved and the process takes just 10 minutes to complete.

Petition opens Sep 10, 2021 and the priority deadline is December 17, 2021!

For more information, please visit: https://kelley.iu.edu/programs/undergrad/admissions/future-freshman.html



Resources

DOWNLOAD THE SCOIR APP!

FIND YOUR FIT IN UNDER 1 MINUTE!

Students can explore My Matches on the Scoir app for iOS by taking a one-minute quiz. College Counselors will use this information to provide students with colleges that might match their interests.


Midwest Student Exchange Program

The Midwest Student Exchange Program, or MSEP, is a multi-state tuition reciprocity program. Through the MSEP, public institutions agree to charge students no more than 150% of the in-state resident tuition rate for specific programs; private institutions offer a 10% reduction on their tuition rates. All enrollment decisions are made at the discretion of the receiving campus and the campus may exercise its right to limit participation or set specific admission requirements for MSEP.


College Visits Next Week

Here is a list of upcoming school visits. 

Check into your SCOIR account to register for one!!

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

10/12/21 – Wabash College
10/14/21 – Auburn University
10/15/21 – Rice University
College of the Holy Cross
Case Western Reserve University

Parents, you can now see when institutions will be stopping by BJPS to speak with students during the school day via our new Google College Visit Calendar.

This is for viewing purposes only.

For students to register for a college visit, they MUST do so via their SCOIR account.

Students can always see upcoming College Visits, with detail, in SCOIR.


Attention Seniors!

Are you looking for inspiration on writing your supplemental essays for individual colleges? Check out the College Essay Guy’s blog which is full of specific advice.

For the most current listing of SAT and ACT test & registration dates, click here.

Testing Prep info is also available.


What We’re Reading, Following, and Listening to This Week

  • Lord of the Rankings – Revisionist History Podcast – For 30 years, US News & World Report has been using a secret formula to rank the best colleges and universities in the United States. As a public service to our listeners, we hack the algorithm and discover the dirty little secret of the rankings game. Part one of a two-part series
  • Project Dillard (HBCU) – Dillard University, an HBCU – Historically Black College and University – in New Orleans is beloved by everyone – except the US News best colleges rankings. Malcolm Gladwell hacks into the flawed algorithm of the US News rankings and shows how Dillard University can rise to the top. Part two of a two-part series.
  • Holistic Admission Review: What Does This Mean? (Application Tips Series, Johns Hopkins University)

Scholarship Updates

Tip for students and families: Students should be applying to somewhere between 7-10 scholarships per month. The best places to start are listed below. Utilize Big Future on the College Board website as a great launching point. Diversify the scholarships to which you are applying, and don’t only go for the ones with large dollar amounts.

Students Here’s What You Should Be Doing Right Now:

  1. Applying to 7-10 scholarships EACH MONTH
  2. Look at the priority deadline for scholarships at EACH school you’re applying to, don’t miss a deadline
  3. Be sure that you’re indicating on your application that you would like to be considered for merit scholarships
  4. Utilize the scholarship search engines below to begin targeting scholarships for which you qualify

Here is a link to the document that was included in our end-of-year newsletter last year, which includes strategies for searching and applying for scholarships. The scholarship summer update can be found here. I would encourage each of you to begin your scholarship search by logging into your College Board account and creating a scholarship search using the Big Future feature.

I am happy to assist students with their scholarship searches and applications, but it is imperative that students are the drivers of this process.

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

  • Where have you already looked for scholarships?
  • What scholarships have you already applied for?
  • Where are you applying to/where have you been admitted?

START HERE:

Scholarship Search Engines

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.

Queen’s University Belfast is delighted to be launching a new undergraduate scholarship programme for students seeking University admission in 2022. The new ‘Future Leaders’ award will recognise USA students with high academic potential and a deep commitment to their community.

This new £5,000 award is just one scholarship amongst a wider portfolio of awards that support students interested in studying their bachelors program in Northern Ireland.

Join representatives from the University’s North America team for our online information session on Sunday 19 September at 1pm EDT/ 11am CST/ 10am PST.

This webinar is for counsellors, students and parents who would like to learn more about:

  • 3 year bachelor’s programs – over 200 programs!
  • The Russell Group – equivalent to the US Ivy League
  • UK admissions – understand UCAS and the UK admissions process
  • Funding and scholarships – 15+ scholarships available including the new ‘Future Leaders’ award.
  • Queen’s campus facilities and support – world class student housing, Queen’s Sport and 200+ clubs and societies!

Click here to Register


Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation Scholarship – Due 10.31.21

Each year, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation awards 150 college scholarships worth $20,000 to high school students across the United States through the Coca-Cola Scholars Program. Students need a 3.0 GPA and to fill out an online application that requires no essays, no recommendations, and no transcripts by October 31, 2021, at 5 p.m. Eastern.

  • High school seniors across the country may apply online at Cokeurl.com/Apply2021 through October 31, 2021, at 5 p.m. Eastern.
  • Students are selected based on academics, leadership, and service. Full eligibility requirements are available at Cokeurl.com/Scholarships.
  • After a three-stage selection process, 150 applicants will be named Coca-Cola Scholars and receive a $20,000 college scholarship.

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program, the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship program in the country, is now accepting applications from current high school seniors to become Coca-Cola Scholars and receive one of 150 college scholarships worth $20,000.

Students with at least a 3.0 GPA may apply at Cokeurl.com/Apply2021 through October 31, 2021, at 5 p.m. Eastern. Full eligibility requirements can be found at Cokeurl.com/Scholarships. Coke Scholars not only demonstrate excellence in academics, but also serve as leaders in their community and are dedicated to creating positive change.

In addition to receiving college scholarships, Coca-Cola Scholars will participate in a leadership development curriculum and be welcomed into a vibrant and growing family of alumni that have become a powerful force for positive change in the world. Through networking, collaborations, and friendships, the group strives to make a greater impact together.

The 2021-22 application is open to high school seniors until 5 p.m. Eastern on October 31, 2021.

The Thomas Wolfe Writing Scholarship at UNC Chapel Hill – Due 11.15.21

The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship (plus summer stipends) is beginning its twenty-first year at Carolina. Our scholarship for full undergraduate support for student writers will open its twenty-first submission period as follows:

The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship will receive applications beginning September 13th 2021.

The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship application process involves two (2) steps:

  1. an application to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by October 15th, 2021; and,
  2. an application to the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship by November 15th, 2021.

Students must apply to both the University and the Scholarship to be considered. Preliminary screening will be completed in January 2022, with final screening concluding in early March 2022. Three outstanding candidates will either be brought to the UNC-Chapel Hill campus for interviews or interviewed virtually and a final decision will be made in early April 2022.

More complete information on The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, including the application form, is available on the University’s website at: https://englishcomplit.unc.edu/creative-writing/scholarships-and-awards/ outlining the features, procedures, documents, and specific requirements for application.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy Scholarship – Due 6 p.m. 10.16.21

The Heisman Memorial Trophy is renowned for symbolizing the pursuit of excellence with integrity. The Heisman High School Scholarship, presented by Acceptance Insurance, extends the Heisman prestige to our nation’s most esteemed male and female high school seniors by recognizing and rewarding outstanding scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories not only happen on the field, but in their schools and communities. These remarkable young leaders set the example and make a game-changing difference every day, paving the way to greatness for everyone around them. Eligibility begins with maintaining a weighted GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better. Applicants also need to be proven leaders and role models within their school and community. And applicants must participate or have participated in grades 9, 10, or 11 in at least one of the sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee in the Summer and Winter Olympic Games, the Paralympic Games or the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Coca-Cola Scholars – Due 10.31.21

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.

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 here to find scholarship opportunities for underrepresented students.

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.

Please pay close attention to the requirements for each scholarship, as well as the due date. If letters of recommendation are needed, please feel free to reach out to your college counselor. We are also happy to help review all scholarship application materials, including essays and resumes.


Student Athletes/Recruitment Information

Student-athletes enrolling at an NCAA Division I or II school starting in winter/spring 2022 will be able to request Final Amateurism Certification starting October 1. To request final amateurism, students must log in to their Eligibility Center account and complete the “Request Final Amateurism Certification” task. Students must have paid their registration fee or been approved for a fee waiver in order to request their final amateurism certification. Have questions on how to request final amateurism? Click here to view a tutorial or contact NCAA staff at 877-262-1492.

The Heisman High School Scholarship program honors hundreds of the nation’s most accomplished, community-minded high school senior athletes each year. This year, the college scholarship amounts have been doubled, increasing support for each student-athlete’s education. The program will recognize a winner from each high school that has student participation. The top male and female applicants from each state will be awarded $1,000. State winners will move on for the chance to become a national finalist and win at least $2,000. Of the national finalists, a male and a female will be selected as the winner of the $10,000 National Heisman High School Scholarship.

The Guide for the College-Bound Student-Athlete is the NCAA’s most comprehensive student resource.

The NCAA’s Initial Eligibility Brochure provides a general overview of the NCAA Eligibility Center requirements and students can learn which of the NCAA Divisions might be a good fit for them by comparing the three divisions.

Students planning to compete at the NCAA DI or DII levels must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

The NCAA has announced that students in the Class of 2022 who initially enroll full time in college during the 2022-2023 academic years 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 2022-23 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.

Questions regarding the athletic recruiting process or NCAA initial-eligibility requirements for Division I or II? Please reach out to Mrs. Newman, Student-Athlete Advisor, at bnewman@brebeuf.org, to ask any questions or to schedule a time to meet.


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Announcements

The Indiana Latino Institute (ILI) is committed to increasing the number of Latinx high school and college graduates in Indiana through education-focused programming such as free college coaching and college preparation workshops, along with internship and scholarship opportunities. In partnership with the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, ILI invites students to attend the VIRTUAL 10th Annual Indiana Latino Education Summit & College and Career Fair. The event will be held on Saturday, November 6th from 10am-12:30pm. Each student must register individually as they will participate in this one-day event from the comfort of their own homes and each student registration enters you into a chance to WIN a laptop, iPad or gift cards. REGISTER here.

The Indiana Department of Education has partnered with Schoolhouse.world to support students in grades 8 through 12 with free tutoring for SAT preparation, math courses and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. We hope you will take advantage of this new free service.

The FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid opened on October 1, 2021. All students and parents are encouraged to fill it out. Prior to filling out the FAFSA, students and parents are invited to watch this 30 minute FAFSA Video with Karen Cooper, the Director of Financial Aid at Stanford University, as she works through the FAFSA form.

In order to estimate the amount of aid now that your student may receive and to learn about the differences between loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study, we encourage students and parents to fill out a FAFSA4Caster now and to complete a Net Price Calculator for any colleges of interest. The FAFSA is based on PPY – Prior Prior Year (2020 for the Class of 2022). Therefore, if your family’s finances have changed significantly since 2020, we strongly recommend reaching out to your top school (admissions and financial aid) to explain your current financial situation.

The CSS Profile is a College Board form used by approximately 400 schools to determine a student’s eligibility for institutional aid. While these schools also use the FAFSA to provide aid from the government, the CSS Profile is used by these specific colleges to give out grants, scholarships, and loans directly from the institution.

The Cooke College Scholarship Program is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation’s best four-year colleges and universities. Cooke College Scholars receive up to $55,000 per year.

There are 107 HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). To learn more about these institutions and all they have to offer, please go here. To learn more about the most affordable public and private HBCUs, please go here.

If interested in learning more about HBCUs, “Real Talk: HBCU Edition” offers a safe space for Black students and their families to connect with colleges from across the country and get the real deal on scholarships, the on-campus experience at HBCUs, and the admissions process. Hear from 17 HBCUs in the U.S. Join Real Talk for Part 1 on Wednesday, October 13, and Part 2 on Thursday, October 14, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. Attend just one or both sessions and register here. Missed the last Real Talk session? Watch a recording of “Real Talk: What You NEED to Know Edition” to learn about starting the college planning process.

One of the most challenging aspects of college is funding the entire experience – from tuition, to room and board, to entertainment, to travel and a host of other financial obligations. To help make it easier for you to meet the most essential obligations of paying for a college education at an HBCU, please see this HBCU Scholarship List.

In Revisionist History – Project Dillard, listen as Malcolm Gladwell investigates why an Historically Black College and University in New Orleans is beloved by everyone except the US News best colleges rankings. His findings are worth listening to in this Part two of a two-part series on college rankings.

Read about this author’s personal experience attending both a PWI – Predominantly White Institution – and an HBCU – Historically Black College or University in her article: “At Prairie View A&M, my college experience is now complete.” from The Undefeated: The difference between an HBCU and a PWI: I see myself.

The Dr. Cornell A. Bell Business Opportunity Program (BOP) at Purdue University seeks the best and brightest student leaders from diverse backgrounds who want to pursue business majors and management careers in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue. 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 short term and long term college and career goals.

The IU Groups Scholars Program was created in 1968 as a way to increase college attendance among first-generation, underrepresented students at Indiana University Bloomington. The IU Groups Scholars Program provides academic, financial, and social support to help students attain a bachelor’s degree through an extensive student support system, including academic advising, tutoring, enrollment in specialized courses, and activities designed to foster academic success and degree completion. In order to be eligible for the IU Groups Scholars Program, an applicant must meet certain income and academic guidelines (see page 3 of 2022 Groups Scholars Application Worksheet). For example, a family of four must have an annual income below $65,000, and a student must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA. To learn more about IU Groups, its application process and deadlines (October 20, 2021), please see me, Mrs. Newman, College Counselor and IU Groups Scholars Recommender,  in the College Counseling Office.

The Hudson & Holland Scholars Program at Indiana University is open to all students but strong consideration is given to students from underrepresented minority backgrounds. Students with at least a 3.2 GPA and a record of leadership qualify to apply. Students who apply to IU by November 1 can be invited to complete the Selective Scholarship Application (SSA) to be considered for scholarships including the Hudson &  Holland Scholars Program. Students admitted to IU who do not receive an SSA invitation may also request an application from the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program website.

In an effort to allow students the opportunity to connect directly with Stanford University’s diverse community, they are hosting Community Conversations, a series of virtual information sessions providing culturally inclusive and relevant information to students about Stanford’s admission process, campus community centers, and diverse student body. The sessions will take place between September 27 and October 20. Community Conversations are open to students of ALL backgrounds, regardless of how they may identify, but Stanford especially encourages participants from historically underrepresented groups, including Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander American, LGBTQ+, and first-generation and/or low-income college students. To register and find a detailed calendar of Community Conversations and other virtual events, please visit the Virtual Admission Events webpage.

By 2020, 62 percent of jobs in Indiana will require some form of postsecondary credential, yet just 42 percent of Marion County residents have the education and training they need. Indy Achieves was created to help Indy residents pursue and complete a postsecondary education. Whether you are pursuing a traditional bachelor’s degree or an industry certification, Indy Achieves can help you. Every Marion County resident should have access to the jobs of the 21st century. Indy Achieves will make the journey easier for Indianapolis families by removing barriers and providing a debt-free pathway to a better future.

Are you a high school senior from a lower socioeconomic background who has excelled academically but feels that many of the nation’s best colleges are financially out of reach? The QuestBridge National College Match can be your pathway to a top college. Through this college and scholarship application process, you can apply for free to some of  the nation’s best colleges and be considered for early admission and a full four-year scholarship from the college. The deadline for seniors has passed, but juniors should keep this opportunity in mind for early next fall. Watch the QuestBridge video here to learn more.

The Gates Scholarship (TGS) is a highly selective scholarship for outstanding minority high school seniors from low-income households. Each year, the scholarship is awarded to 300 of student leaders to help them realize their maximum potential. To learn more and apply, please go here and watch this video.

The Indiana Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program is a federally funded, state-administered program that provides financial and academic support for young adults who’ve left the foster care system and are enrolled in qualified colleges, universities, or vocational education programs. This and other resources are available through Foster Success. Additionally, Foster Success runs Catalyst, a six-week summer bridge program specifically for students who have experienced foster care as a teen the summer between high school graduation and their first year of college. Applications for next summer will open in February 2022. Any students who are in foster care and are not 21st Century Scholars, please let your College Counselor know ASAP because all students grades 7-12 who are in foster care are eligible for 21st Century Scholars.

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.

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.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation – CBCF has awarded scholarships for more than three decades 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 Thurgood Marshall College Fund and McDonald’s are proud to offer financial assistance to outstanding students attending HBCUs. Thirty-Three (33) scholars will be selected to receive a scholarship up to $15,000 ($7,500 per semester). To learn more about eligibility requirements and to apply, please go here, and to learn more about other scholarships through the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, please go here.

The Indiana Latino Institute (ILI) is committed to increasing the number of Latinx high school and college graduates in Indiana through education-focused programming such as free college coaching and college preparation workshops, along with internship and scholarship opportunities. In partnership with the Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, ILI invites students to attend the VIRTUAL 10th Annual Indiana Latino Education Summit & College and Career Fair. The event will be held on Saturday, November 6th from 10am-12:30pm. Each student must register individually as they will participate in this one-day event from the comfort of their own homes and each student registration enters you into a chance to WIN a laptop, iPad or gift cards. REGISTER here.

The COLLEGE ACCESS section for College Coaching at ILI works one-on-one with students to navigate the college application process, financial aid, career exploration, and provides referrals to general social service agencies for other needs. This is a FREE service.  Students just need to complete the College Coaching Application and ILI’s Education Specialist will schedule an appointment with students to get started. Under COLLEGE SUCCESS you will also find the ILI Scholarships including and the James Waters Memorial Scholarship link.  This is a $1000.00 scholarship and students are encouraged to apply.

Preparando la familia para la universidad: entendiendo las opciones lejos de casa (en Español)Aquí esta la grabación de la sesión si quieres volver a verla. Si ve el webinar, usted tendria la oportunidad de: conocer algunos mitos sobre las opciones universitarias, oir sugerencias prácticas para implementar antes de irse, escuchar la perspectiva de una madre e hija recién graduada de la uni en cómo navegar la transición, enfrentar algunas preocupaciones comunes y cómo encontrar recursos para resolver estas situaciones, aprender cómo los padres pueden apoyar a su estudiante, aprender cómo los estudiantes pueden mantener la conexión con su familia.

Nos complace grandemente poder compartir contigo nuestra nueva página web en español. Esta página te ayudará a guiar a tus estudiantes del próximo año escolar y sus familias a través del proceso de completar su solicitud de admisión. En esta página encontrarás información sobre cómo una educación en UM está a su alcance, nuestra ubicación única y la oportunidad de Miami. Visita y comparte admissions.miami.edu/espanol para obtener más información.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund is the largest scholarship-granting organization in the nation. HSF provides financial assistance to outstanding Hispanic students in higher education throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The students represent every region of the country and attend hundreds of institutions of higher education throughout America. Founded in 1975, HSF has awarded over 45,000 scholarships totalling $60 million. These scholarships require an application. For more information and to apply, visit their website here.

Other scholarships for Hispanic students (Hispanic Student Scholarships), DACA students or Dreamers (DACA Student Scholarships), and undocumented students (Scholarships for Undocumented Students) are available.

There are 314 colleges and universities that are members of HACU – the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities. To explore this list and these institutions, please go here.

The Korean American Scholarship Foundation is a non-profit organization established to help meet the financial needs of Korean-American students seeking higher education. The foundation encourages leadership and civic service and seeks to nurture a sense of pride and confidence in Korean cultural heritage and tradition. To learn more and apply for scholarships through the KASF, please go here.

Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) are defined under the Higher Education Act (HEA) as colleges or universities with an undergraduate enrollment that is at least 10 percent Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander. Additionally, at least half of the institution’s degree-seeking students are from a  low-income background. To learn more about AANAPISI and see a list of institutions, please go here.

The Asian Pacific Fund’s mission is to strengthen the Asian and Pacific Islander community. In this effort the APF coordinates scholarships that provide financial support to undergraduate and graduate students. Through these programs, the APF helps students embark on their dreams. For the 2020-21 school year, the APF distributed $173,000 in scholarships to 58 students, primarily from low-income communities. To learn more and apply, please go here.

The American Indian Graduate Center provides up to $30,000 in scholarships per student per year to Native American students pursuing undergraduate degrees in the United States. In addition, it offers a  comprehensive array of student support services and resources for students to utilize throughout their academic journey. To learn more about these scholarships and services, go here.

Approximately 1.5 million undocumented students under the age of 18 are currently living in the United States and 65,000 graduate from high school each year. Unfortunately, confusion exists about whether colleges admit undocumented students and offer financial assistance, if any. But the good news is that they do! Undocumented students can go to college and receive financial assistance. To learn more about admission policies, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities at colleges and universities throughout the nation and abroad, please go here.

The WiseGeek LGBTQ+ Awareness Scholarship exists to support the dreams and aspirations of LGBTQ+ youth across the country. The scholarship is open to students who identify as a member of this community. To learn more and apply, please go here.

To learn more about LGBTQ+ friendly Catholic colleges and universities, please visit New Ways Ministry List of LGBT-Friendly Catholic Colleges and Universities

The Campus Pride Index is the premier LGBTQ+ benchmarking tool for colleges and universities that looks at how safe and inclusive campus communities are. The free online tool allows prospective students, families, parents, and those interested in higher education to search a database of LGBTQ+ friendly campuses that are committed to improving the academic experience and quality of campus life for LGBTQ+ students. To learn more, go here.

Indiana Youth Group creates safe spaces to foster community and provides programming that empowers LGBTQ+ youth and magnifies their voices. To learn more about IYG and its resources and upcoming events, please go here.

Regardless of one’s identity, prospective college students should seek to find a place where they will feel accepted for who they are. To help students from diverse backgrounds better understand what to ask of colleges, U.S. News crowdsourced Diversity Questions for Colleges from school officials largely centered around students of color, LGBTQ students, religious minorities, those with disabilities, other protected classes and groups often marginalized. Having a sense of belonging on a campus can be critical to one’s success, and exploring these questions ahead of choosing where to attend can be valuable in making a good college choice.

In the USA, there are scholarships for refugees and immigrants. Here are a couple of resources:  Scholarships for Immigrants and Refugees or Refugee/Immigrant Scholarships.

Act Six provides full tuition scholarships to Indianapolis Act Six Partner Colleges and leadership training to student leaders from diverse backgrounds who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home. Scholars are actively recruited from across the region and chosen through a rigorous selection process. Once selected, Act Six scholars participate in six months of intensive training equipping them to succeed academically and grow as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation. After training, Act Six scholars begin college ready to engage with their campus and community with a built-in support system and a sense of purpose as service-minded leaders and agents of transformation.

Strive for College connects students with financial need with free, one-to-one mentoring to help them navigate the college and financial aid application process. Students already in college can also be matched with a mentor for support to help them graduate and prepare for career opportunities. The Strive program is completely virtual, with mentors and students connecting through an online platform.

Many colleges 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 this link:  2021 College Diversity Fly-ins.

The University of Virginia’s Fall Fling and Fall Blast Open Houses for African American and Hispanic prospective students will be held in-person at UVA on October 1st and October 2nd. Interested students can register online today. Additionally, students who are unable to afford to travel to Charlottesville may request reimbursement for travel costs by contacting Ms. Cathy Ames, cma8b@virginia.edu.

As the first college in the country to adopt a policy to admit students regardless of race, Oberlin College and Conservatory has a deep commitment to access and inclusion, and its Multicultural Visit Program is an all-expenses-paid trip to campus that allows students to experience the vibrancy and diversity of a top liberal arts college that challenges convention, embraces difference, and encourages originality, as well as connect directly with our esteemed conservatory faculty and community. High school seniors selected for the program will be hosted overnight by a current Oberlin student and will attend classes, visit with professors, and get a firsthand view of campus life. To learn more and apply by the Oct. 10 deadline, please go here.

Emory University in Atlanta is continuing their Cultural Outreach, Recruitment, and Education (CORE) Virtual Series that was incredibly successful last year as a virtual program designed to support talented, high-achieving high school seniors who are either first-generation college students and/or from historically underrepresented cultural or socioeconomic backgrounds including Black/African American, Latinx/Hispanic, underrepresented Asian Americans and Pacific Islander, Native/Indigenous. The CORE Virtual Series serves as an additional support system for students navigating the college application process and will provide monthly webinars, office hours, and faculty chats to participants. Through programming CORE helps bridge educational gaps by engaging in conversations related to the admission process, build community for students who want a safe space for mentoring and encouragement in the application process, and introduces the heart and culture of the Emory community.

Tulane University’s Multicultural Fly-In Program, PreviewTU, is now taking registrations. We invite you to apply for this once-a-year program. PreviewTU aims to connect with high-achieving seniors from traditionally first generation and multicultural backgrounds and help in the process of applying to Tulane. PreviewTU will be offered both in-person and virtually this year! For both events, students will get to explore academic offerings, immerse themselves into campus life, and participate in a college application workshop. The in-person event will take place Saturday, October 2nd in conjunction with a Campus Preview Day, and the virtual event will take place Friday, October 22nd and Saturday, October 23rd! To learn more and apply, please go  here.

Miami University is proud to present the Bridges Program, an engaging experience that provides an inside look at Miami University to prospective students. This program invites high-achieving high school seniors from historically underrepresented populations, as well as students who have a commitment to promoting a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diversity, to engage with current students, faculty, and staff. The program attracts students who represent various diverse identities (racial/ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity, and socioeconomic) and provides the Bridges Program scholarship to those accepted to the university. Last year, Bridges scholarship values ranged from $2,500 to $5,000 annually.

Are you interested in pursuing a career in healthcare? Would you like to participate in a program geared toward helping you reach that goal? HCOP INDY – Health Careers Opportunities Programs to Increase Needed Diversity – are programs for economically or educationally disadvantaged students who live in Marion County and have an interest in health-related careers. To learn more about HCOP INDY’s College Prep Academy and Hoosier Health Academy and to apply to either or both programs, please go here.

STEM YES! is a Youth Enhancement Summer program through Exploradoor that offers underserved, underrepresented Central Indiana students in grades 10-12 to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) careers in a work-based environment. Applications are now open! To learn more and apply, please go here.

Will you be a First Generation College Student – the first in your family to attend college and graduate from college? I’m First! is an online community celebrating first-generation college students. Check out video stories from first-gen students, read student blogs, and discover colleges that have special support programs for first-gen students. To learn more, please go here.

Women’s colleges are as diverse as the women they serve.  They are in metropolitan areas and small towns.  They offer everything from traditional liberal arts courses to pre-professional programs. Despite all the choices they offer, there is one thing that women’s colleges all have in common: a commitment to women’s success and well-being. To learn more about women’s colleges, please go here.

The rich history of America’s HBCUs began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century, and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years, yet remains largely unknown. With Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities, the story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life. Watch here.

Please follow these links and use the listed passcodes to view our virtual panel discussions during the 2020-2021 school year on the following topics: the Black College Student Experience at HBCUs and PWIsHBCU & PWI Panel Passcode: p@Bz+R88; the Latinx College Student ExperienceLatinx Panel Passcode: wxZ3JH.4  , and the LGBTQ+ College Student ExperienceLGBTQ+ Panel Passcode: 7&^!QHTP.

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

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.

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, etc. Please go here to find scholarship opportunities for underrepresented students.

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.

Questions about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion announcements? Contact Beth Newman, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, at bnewman@brebeuf.org