Sep 16

College Counseling News – September 16, 2021


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Upcoming Events

Presented in conjunction with the International School of Indiana.

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(We recognize and respect that Sept. 16th is a religious holiday for some of our families. Please be aware that alternative visits with both IU and Purdue admission representatives will be available during designated school days and our Evening with Colleges event on Sept. 22.)



September 19-21

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The Coast to Coast program brings together admission reps from Dartmouth, Northwestern, Princeton, Vanderbilt, and UC-Berkeley. It will provide an introduction to each of these institutions and offer time to answer some of your questions.




Save the dates of Sept. 21-24 to attend the free virtual HBCU College Fair and Scholarship Talksthrough A Digital World – HBCU Night! HBCUs such as Howard, NCAT, Dillard, Prairie View A & M, Clark Atlanta, FAMU, Hampton, Tuskegee, Norfolk State, Xavier Louisiana, Spelman, Fisk, etc., will be in attendance, along with representatives from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund -TMCF and the United Negro College Fund – UNCF. Register here.

Save the dates of Sept. 21-24 to attend the free virtual HBCU College Fair and Scholarship Talksthrough A Digital World – HBCU Night! HBCUs such as Howard, NCAT, Dillard, Prairie View A & M, Clark Atlanta, FAMU, Hampton, Tuskegee, Norfolk State, Xavier Louisiana, Spelman, Fisk, etc., will be in attendance, along with representatives from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund -TMCF and the United Negro College Fund – UNCF. Register here.


Attention Seniors! Are you ready to start filling out your college applications? Indiana’s College Application Week is coming up on September 21 – 25, 2020, and many colleges and universities will be waiving their application fees during the week. Find out application information for the colleges you plan to apply to, including if they’ll be waiving their fees, by visiting LearnMoreIndiana.org/college/applying-to-schools/#app-process.


They may be rivals in sports and academics, but the University of Michigan and Michigan State University both agree that students from our area should consider them for their college education. umich.edu/gb-gg 

Go Blue + Go Green is an in-person event where you and your students will learn about the exceptional opportunities that await at the top public schools in the state of Michigan. Both schools will be covering topics such as academic programs and majors, scholarships and financial aid, the admissions process, campus life, and more.



AP EXAM DATES & REGISTRATION

Mark your calendar! AP Exams will take place during the first two weeks of May 2022 (May 2-6 & May 9-13). You can access the full 2022 AP Exam Calendar here.

Just like last year, the College Board requires students to register for the exam(s) through the student’s College Board account. Go to myap.collegeboard.org and login to your existing College Board account, or if you’re a freshman or sophomore, you will likely need to CREATE a College Board account. You will then need to obtain the join code from your AP teacher prior to registering.

The AP exam registration deadline for full-year and first semester AP courses is October 1, 2021.

For those students enrolled in a second semester AP class, he/she must register for the AP exam by March 1, 2022.

These are strict deadlines and follow College Board policy, not school policy.


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



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**

09/20/21 – Marian University & University of Evansville

09/23/21 – Trine University & Pepperdine University

09/24/21 – Dickinson College & Earlham College

Parents, you can now see when institutions will be stopping by Brebeuf Jesuit 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

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

 

Scholarships

Parks Scholarship at North Carolina State University – Due 10.1.21

Brebeuf Jesuit is proud to be an endorsing partner for NC State’s Parks Scholars Program. Park Scholars at NC State have access to exceptional benefits, which include:

Exceptional Benefits

  • Four-year scholarship valued at $116,000 for in-state students and $208,000 for out-of-state students, 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

Please review the selection criteria below, and if you feel that you would be a strong candidate for this scholarship program, and have interest in attending North Carolina State University please complete this GOOGLE FORM by Friday, October 1, at 4:00pm.

Selection Criteria

Park Scholars are selected on the basis of academic merit, exemplary character, exceptional potential for leadership, and the sense of promise that they may one day make contributions of enduring importance to the betterment of the human condition. The goal of the selection process is to identify young people who demonstrate high academic achievement and leadership, as well as those with unusual aptitudes, uncommon talents and special gifts of creativity or entrepreneurial acumen. Financial need is not a consideration.

To be eligible for a Park Scholarship, candidates must be:

  • United States citizens, permanent residents of the United States, or graduating from a high school located in the United States (regardless of citizenship status)
  • applying for fall, first-year admission into a baccalaureate program at NC State.

At every stage of the selection process, the Park Scholarships selection committees evaluate candidates on four criteria: scholarship, leadership, service, and character. The Selection Committee considers demonstrated achievement as well as evidence of future potential. Students selected as Park Scholars exhibit the following behaviors:

Scholarship

  • Desire to master subjects and seek learning experiences outside the classroom;
  • Take courses that are among the most challenging at their school;
  • Perform well academically; and
  • Are curious.

Leadership

  • Assume formal leadership roles such as team captain, student body president, and other elected officer positions in the school or community, OR show exceptional success or aptitude in endeavors such as Science Olympiad or fields such as music, art, creative writing, or mathematics;
  • Listen well and influence and support others by setting good examples; and
  • Take risks and champion new, original ideas.

Service

  • Show concern for others by identifying needs and working to meet them; and
  • Find a way to improve life for those around them.

Character

  • Set positive examples for others and have the personal fortitude and integrity to do what is right, even when they are in the minority; and
  • Demonstrate the highest levels of integrity, honesty, and conscientiousness.

2022 Salvation Army First Generation Hope Scholars Program – Due 10.1.21

Brebeuf is able to nominate ONE student for the Salvation Army First Generation Hope Scholarship. The First Generation Scholarship is designed to recognize students with a history of overcoming adversity and will be the FIRST person in their immediate family to attend and graduate from college. Students will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Will be the first in their family to attend and graduate from college
  • Documented record of overcoming significant adversity – environmental, emotional, mental, or physical
  • 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 setbacks which are an inspiration to others

This scholarship ranges from $1,000-$6,000 dollars. If you believe that you would be a great candidate for this scholarship, please email Ms. Shank and include the following as the subject line: 2022 Salvation Army First Generation Hope Scholars Program by Friday, October 1, 2021 at 4:00pm.

Scholarships:

Questbridge National College Match – Due 9.26.21

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 John M. Belk Scholarship at Davidson – Due 10.1.21

The John M. Belk Scholarship recognizes powerful students with demonstrated academic excellence, integrity, intellectual curiosity, willingness to take risks, and the potential to be change agents in both their local and global communities. The scholarship provides:

  • a four-year scholarship covering tuition, fees, room, and board
  • two special study stipends ($3000 each)

Brebeuf is able to nominate two students for the Belk. Students interested in being nominated should email Ms. Shank by Oct. 1

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

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 FAFSA – Free Application for Federal Student Aid opens 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 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.

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. 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.

Save the dates of Sept. 21-24 to attend the free virtual HBCU College Fair and Scholarship Talks through A Digital World – HBCU Night! HBCUs such as Howard, NCAT, Dillard, Prairie View A & M, Clark Atlanta, FAMU, Hampton, Tuskegee, Norfolk State, Xavier Louisiana, Spelman, Fisk, etc., will be in attendance, along with representatives from the Thurgood Marshall College Fund -TMCF and the United Negro College Fund – UNCF. Register here.

The 41st  Annual Indianapolis Black Alumni Council, Inc. HBCU College Fair will be held on September 30th and October 1st virtually from 5pm until 8pm. This year will include a host of events leading up to the college fair. To learn more and register for the event, please go here.

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.

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 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.

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 10th annual Indiana Latino Education Summit and College & Career Fair in Indianapolis on Thursday, November 4 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm at the JW Marriott. Explore colleges, universities, and businesses at the College & Career Fair and learn about scholarships, financial aid, the college application process, navigating college life, and other topics. For more information, please contact Maria Quiroz-Southwood at mquiroz@indianalatinoinstitute.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Davidson College’s two-day Access Davidson virtual visit program will be in October and is designed for high school seniors from traditionally underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, those who are the first in their family to attend college, and students from rural or low-income backgrounds. The deadline to apply is Monday, September 27.

The goal of HOME at Johns Hopkins University is to connect African American, Black, Latinx, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, and multiracial high school seniors to the people, organizations, and resources that unite Johns Hopkins’ multicultural community. This year, HOME and HOME + Impact will take place on two Saturdays, October 16 and 23. The deadline to apply is September 15, 2021.

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, please go here.

Claremont McKenna College’s 2021 Virtual Fall Preview Fly-In Program is designed for first-generation college students and students from diverse backgrounds who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. The program aims to provide high school seniors with an inside look into the life of a CMCer! During the program, students will have the opportunity to attend classes, connect with current students and faculty through panels and open forums, participate in workshops aimed at college readiness, and much more. The Preview application is now live and available through September 6, 2021! Students can apply at connect.cmc.edu/preview. To be considered for the program, students must complete an application including 4 short response essays and submit a high school transcript and a list of their fall term courses.  All of this can be submitted in the application. Applicants and their counselors will be notified of our final selection by Tuesday, September 14, 2021. CMC is proud to be a need-blind institution that pledges to meet 100% of demonstrated need for all students who are admitted.

Columbia University’s Columbia Engineering Experience (CE2) is a free selective program designed for high school seniors who are interested in learning about Columbia’s unique engineering education. The program runs October 9-10 and applications are now open. CE2 is for high-achieving seniors who have exemplary academic records and are from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in engineering and applied science fields, including low-income students, underrepresented students of color, students who will be the first generation in their family to attend college, and students from underserved and rural communities.

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.

VOICE – Wellesley College’s College Access Program will be held on September 18-19, 2021. VOICE is for high school seniors from historically underrepresented cultural backgrounds, including first-generation college-going students. VOICE is all about a Vision of the future made better, Ownership of your place in the world, building a commitment to Inclusivity and a sense of Community, and centering Equity in all that you do. Students will attend virtual sessions about the power of using their VOICE, the rewards and challenges of being a student leader, and the importance of equity in the fight for change. To attend, students should submit an unofficial high school transcript and a short personal essay by August 13, 2021. Additional information can be found on the VOICE website.

Every year, Denison University chooses a select group of prospective students to participate in Dialogue with Denison, a multicultural fly-in program. Dialogue with Denison is a selective program that will allow interested students to learn more about Denison in general, as well as our multicultural student life. The tentative plan is for the Dialogue with Denison fly-in program to be in-person and on campus November 6-8, 2021. Students from underrepresented populations can apply directly to the program via the application link (connect.denison.edu/register/dwd). Applications are due Friday, September 17, with decisions to release on Friday, October 1.

The Voices of Tufts Discovery Experience is a two-day program designed to introduce high school seniors to the diversity and community at Tufts University. Participants have the opportunity to learn more about Tufts through tours with current students, interactive student panels, application and financial aid presentations, and conversations with representatives from identity-based resource centers. This year’s Voices program will take place in a virtual format. There is no cost to participate in Voices and all applicants to the program will have their Tufts application fee waived. Completed applications are due by 5:00 PM Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021. To learn more and to apply, please go here.

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.

As one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color, Bates College believes in equity and access. This fall, Bates is offering their Diversity Program: Prologue to Bates, a fly-in program in September and October, geared towards students entering their senior year who express interest in being a part of an inclusive and pluralistic community. Students who are first-generation-to-college, low-income, and/or historically underrepresented in higher education are encouraged to apply.

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.

The Women of Distinction Program at Smith College for high school seniors highlights the opportunities that Smith College offers for African American, Asian American, Latina and Native American students. Participants in this program will explore Smith College to determine whether it might be an appropriate college choice for them. Students will attend panels and workshops on student life and the college admission process, and connect with current Smith students and faculty. To learn more, please go here.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

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