College Counseling News – September 10, 2020
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We’re looking forward to meeting with our Class of 2021 students and families this week! Please scan the QR code with your mobile device to access the meeting or click directly on this link: https://zoom.us/j/93647417604?pwd=V21qaWY4Uit1T3E2MCtTclJpOUl4dz09
Wednesday, September 9, 8:00-9:30 pm EDT (-4 GMT)
Saturday, September 12, 2:00-3:30 pm EDT (-4 GMT)
Our virtual panels and Q & A will focus on the Sisters’ shared strengths: our legacy of empowerment, our abiding commitment to access and equity, our rigorous, interdisciplinary academic experience, and our rich campus opportunities — internships, research, leadership growth, career prep and social life — that prepare students to launch.
While these panels are designed specifically for students and parents, we welcome any of our counseling partners who are eager to learn more. Registration is currently open at wellesley.edu/admission/sisters.
Prospective Student Information Sessions
Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 7pm EDT/6pm CDT
Sunday, October 4, 2020 at 7pm EDT/6pm CDT
College Visits Next Week
9/14 – Butler University
9/15 – Sewanee: The University of the South & Johns Hopkins University
9/16 – Saint Mary’s College & American University
9/17 – University of Notre Dame & Lafayette College
9/18 – University of Glasgow & Marquette University
Your college counselor would like to meet with you! Please schedule a meeting via the link below. 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. Also, the college counseling office is offering College Application Work Sessions this semester. They are first come, first serve 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
What We’re Reading This Week
The Best Reason to Go to College: It’s the same as it ever was. To learn that the world is more than the issues that divide us.
Major Reminders & New Information:
The Indiana University Wells Scholars Program
The Wells Scholarship at Indiana University Bloomington is one of the most prestigious scholarships in higher education, providing full tuition, mandatory and course-related fees, and a living stipend for four years of study. Academic and career mentoring, international experiences, summer enrichment, and membership in the Hutton Honors College are all part of the Wells Scholars experience, which combines the best features of a large research university and a small liberal arts college. Information was sent to all seniors this afternoon with information on how to complete the nomination interest form. Students who are interested in being nominated should complete this form by Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 4p. More information on this scholarship can be found at https://wellsscholars.indiana.edu/scholarship-details/index.html
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.
Robertson Scholar program at UNC Chapel Hill and Duke
The Robertson Scholars Leadership Program provides eight semesters of full tuition, room and board, and most mandatory fees for Scholars at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. Scholars also have access to generous funding for up to three summer experiences, funding for conferences throughout the academic year, and for two semesters of study abroad.
There is no ‘typical’ Robertson Scholar but successful candidates share a number of common traits: Purposeful Leadership, Strength of Character, Intellectual Curiosity, and Collaborative Spirit.
Brebeuf is able to nominate two students for this scholarship. Interested students should complete this Google Form by Sept. 11
Scholarship Search Platforms:
Questbridge National College Match (**application due Sept. 26)
QuestBridge National College Match can be a pathway to a top college for low-income high school seniors who have excelled academically. Finalists typically come from households earning less than $65,000 annually for a typical family of four and have minimal assets.
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.
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.
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 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.
Students who are interested in attending Davidson College are eligible for nomination for the Bryan Scholars Program. Interested students should email Ms. Shank at email@example.com (up to 3 nominees. Must participate in Men’s Golf, Wrestling, Baseball, Men’s/Women’s Cross Country, Men’s/Women’s Soccer, Men’s/Women’s Swimming & Diving, Men’s/Women’s Tennis, Men’s/Women’s Track and Field, Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Volleyball); students apply by 10/15
The Bryan Scholarship program recognizes the top male and female scholar-athlete in each first-year Davidson class.
The Cameron Impact Scholarship program honors high achieving students who excel in a broad range of extracurricular activities, are motivated leaders with a strong work ethic, who actively participate in community service. The Foundation will allocate approximately a quarter of the scholarships to individuals pursuing careers in education, nonprofits, government, and/or military and have a stated professional goal of public service.
Student Athletes/Recruitment Information
The NCAA has announced the good news 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.
Student-athletes planning to compete at the DI or DII levels must register with the NCAA Eligibility Center.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Equity and Inclusion Announcements
The HBCU (Historically Black College & University) Alumni Alliances, Inc. Affiliates, Atlanta, Chicago, and DC Metro have teamed up again to bring students and parents a virtual HBCU college tour experience. Interact directly with HBCU recruiters, tour schools, and participate in onsite admissions (for eligible students at select schools). Click here to register.
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.
The 41st annual Indianapolis Black Alumni Council’s HBCU College Fair will be held on October 1-2 virtually this year. This event provides high school students and their families an opportunity to learn more about Historically Black Colleges and Universities and all they have to offer. In addition to providing a high quality education – 50% of black engineers and 65% of black doctors have earned their degrees from HBCUs – students who attend HBCUs have the opportunity to learn and explore college life around others who share similar life experiences, which can help them feel more at home than at PWIs – Predominantly White Institutions. Learn more about the upcoming HBCU College Fair Here, and learn more about HBCUs and all they have to offer Here.
The IU Groups Scholars Program was created in 1968 as a way to increase college attendance among first generation underrepresented students at Indiana University. The Groups Scholars Program provides academic, financial, and social support to help students attain a bachelor’s degree at Indiana University Bloomington. Seniors who apply must be a resident of the state of Indiana, meet income guidelines, and have a minimum 2.5 GPA. For more information and a link to the application, please see Mrs. Newman in College Counseling.
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.
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 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
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
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
Many colleges and universities across the country offer free college “fly-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.
Questions about Equity and Inclusion announcements? Contact Beth Newman, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, at email@example.com.