Oct 8

College Counseling News – October 8, 2020

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Upcoming Events


Study in Scotland – October 7 – 11, 2020

Students are invited to attend one of a series of informative webinars about Scottish Universities. The webinars will provide an opportunity for students to meet university representatives and find out more about individual institutions, the application process, including UCAS as well as finding out what student life is like in Scotland.

Click here to register for one or more of the webinars.


Friday, October 9, 2020 at 6:00 PM.

Register to meet with our USC Rep, James Ezell. Click here to register & receive your virtual meeting link.

Registration for the October 11 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.

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!

The Virtual Event, hosted by Education in Ireland on 13th October at 7pm EDT, is your opportunity to learn more about the wide range of undergraduate Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences degree programs offered in Ireland. Expert teams from Education in Ireland and the International Offices in 10 universities will attend to answer your questions. The first step is to register to attend.

PSAT/NMSQT on October 14 – 2 weeks away!

The PSAT/NMSQT will take place on Wednesday, October 14 at Brebeuf Jesuit, and will be administered to all 10th and 11th grade students. Students are automatically registered, and there is no fee required. Students must be in their testing rooms no later than 7:45 a.m. and should bring several #2 pencils (NO MECHANICAL PENCILS) and a calculator. Cell phones and other electronic devices will not be permitted in the testing rooms, nor will any food or drink. Testing will be completed at approximately 12:00 p.m. (1:30 p.m. if approved for extended time). The exam room assignments will be shared out via email and posted throughout the school building in early October.

Contact Mrs. Lindsay Davis, College Counselor & PSAT Coordinator, if you have any questions.

UC Berkeley is hosting an information and Q&A night on Wednesday, October 14th from 3-4:30 PM (EST) for prospective students who live or go to school in Indiana .

Below is the URL for students to register.

Students must register at least one hour ahead of time so that they will receive an email to be able to join the event.

Student URL- https://apply.berkeley.edu/register/?id=c3fd24a4-06dd-4154-a48b-8e5cac4cd8f6

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**

10/12/20 – Ball State University

10/13/20 – Vanderbilt University, University of Dayton, Boston University, Oberlin College 

10/14/20 – University of California (Berkeley) @ 3:00pm

10/15/20 – The University of Alabama, Boston College, Northwestern University

10/16/20 – DePauw University – MUSIC DEPT., University of Evansville, New York University, St. Louis University

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!

Your college counselor is here to assist you in completing your college applications, providing feedback on your essay(s), administering mock interviews, offering guidance on SAT/ACT and test preparation, etc. The college counseling office is offering College Application Work Sessions this semester. They are first-come, first-served and we ask that seniors sign-up for ONE date/time. Sign-up here!

Need to Meet with your Counselor?

Mrs. Easterday: https://calendly.com/ceasterday-1

Mrs. Davis: https://calendly.com/mrsdavis

Ms. Shank: https://calendly.com/kshank-1

Mrs. Otteson: https://calendly.com/lizotteson

Mrs. Mariani: https://calendly.com/mmariani-1

Mrs. Newman: https://calendly.com/bnewman7

Scholarship Updates

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.

Levine Scholars at UNC Charlotte (nomination by college counselor required)

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 discipline. 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. The total value of this four-year package is estimated at $105,000 for in-state students and $155,000 for out-of-state students. Please email Ms. Shank by Oct. 1 if you wish to be nominated. Brebeuf can nominate as many students as are interested.

The Cox Scholars at Indiana University (opens Oct. 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.


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.

The Eligibility Center is hosting a webinar for college-bound student-athletes and their families on Saturday, October 10 at 11 a.m. Eastern. Please click Here to attend this important event.

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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Announcements

Real Talk is a virtual college exploration series designed to connect Black students with admissions representatives from colleges and universities across the country. The inaugural event, “Real Talk: HBCU Edition,” will take place on Thursday, October 8, at 7 p.m. ET. This will be the first event in a three-part series. All grades and academic achievement levels are welcome. Although this event will cater to students, we also encourage parents, educators, and community members to participate. Admissions representatives from eight HBCUs across the country, including Howard, Hampton, NCAT, Spelman, Morehouse, Tennessee State, Tuskegee, and Xavier Louisiana, will share pertinent information about the admissions process and campus life. They’ll answer questions in real time during the Q&A portion of the event. This will be a great way for you to engage with university representatives directly! Register Here.

A three-part virtual series with the Indiana Latino Expo on October 6, 7, and 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.

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.

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.

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 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 Health Careers Opportunities Program to Increase Needed Diversity (HCOP INDY) offers programs for economically challenged students who live in Marion County and have an interest in health-related careers. HCOP’s College Prep Academy is a 20-week Saturday program for current juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a healthcare career and preparing for college. The program will run, via zoom, on Saturdays from 9am-3pm from October 24, 2020- March 6, 2021. Participants will receive an $800 stipend for completing the program. Students must submit an application, transcript, one letter of reference with the recommendation form, and a personal statement of interest. The College Prep Academy application and recommendation form (due by October 2, 2020) can be found 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

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.

The 2020 Miami University (OH) Bridges Program is a virtual visit experience for high-achieving high school seniors from historically underrepresented populations who are committed to promoting a deeper understanding of and appreciation for diversity. Miami (OH) welcomes students of various diverse identities — racial/ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity, and socioeconomic. The application deadline is September 28, 2020. To learn more and to apply, go Here.

PreviewTU at Tulane University aims to connect with high-achieving seniors from first generation and multicultural backgrounds and help in the process of applying to Tulane. PreviewTU is open to all and will be hosting a virtual fly-in, “PreviewTU Comes to You”, which will take place the weekend of Thursday, October 8th through Saturday, October 10th. To learn more and register, 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.