Class of 2019 College Counseling Newsletter, Issue 1

NAVIANCE: Naviance Family Connection allows you to research college and career opportunities, take personality inventories, create a personal success plan, conduct a college search, track your application progress, and create a resumé. The Naviance Family Connection student login is https://connection.naviance.com/family-connection/auth/login/?hsid=bishopchatard. You will want to use your 6 digit student number (do not add @bishopchatard) and your regular password.

COMMON APPLICATION: You can complete the majority of your Common Application now and save it! You will then be able to pull it up when applications go live on August 1 and have a head start on completing the process. Set up your account today.

SENIOR AUTOBIOGRAPHY: Don’t forget to complete your Senior Autobiography ASAP. You have to access it from your BCHS gmail in order for it to work. This helps with letters of recommendation for colleges, scholarships, and special opportunities. Be sure to click “Send me a copy of my responses” so that you can forward the information to your recommenders. The more fully you answer these questions, the more detailed your letter can be.

COLLEGE VISITS: Summer is a great time to make college visits. Colleges typically want you to sign up online for a specific visit or special program. Feel free to contact coaches, academic departments, professors, etc. after you have scheduled your visit to set up additional meetings to make the most of your time on campus. You can also plan visits for the afternoon following Living Rosary (October 3) and for PSAT Day (October 10). Fall Break is October 25-29.

SUMMER MEETINGS: The summer after junior year is an ideal time to check things off your college application checklist! Mrs. Nixon is available to meet with you to begin your resume, help you narrow down your list of schools, and create a plan for how you should prepare for applications. You can come alone, with your parents/guardians, or with a friend.  Use this form to schedule a meeting with Mrs. Nixon this summer.

LILLY NOMINATION FORM: Please complete this form and submit prior to 8:00 am on Wednesday, August 15, 2018 to participate in an application process to be one of Bishop Chatard’s nominees for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Program.
We are able to nominate two students who reside in Hamilton County and two students who reside in Marion County. Applications and College Cost Summary Forms are due by Wednesday, August 15, at 8:00 am. Nominated students must: 1. Demonstrate financial need, 2. Plan to pursue a full-time baccalaureate course of study beginning in the fall of 2018 at a public or private college or university in Indiana, 3a. HAMILTON COUNTY: Be a Hamilton County resident, have a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, demonstrate a commitment to community volunteerism, and demonstrate leadership and/or initiative in their school, community, and/or extracurricular activities, 3b. MARION COUNTY: Be a Marion County resident, have a minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA, and demonstrate motivation and/or a high level of responsibility through school, community, family, and/or extracurricular activities. 4. Submit the Indiana College Cost Summary Form to Mrs. Nixon or Mrs. Alerding in the Counseling Office. (The online calculator allows families to see the true cost of attending Indiana colleges once financial aid is taken into account. The ICC Summary Form has been designed to be quick and easy and will take most users approximately 15 minutes. You can find the Indiana College Cost Estimator at www.indianacollegecosts.org

PEER RECOMMENDATION FORM: Great news! Do you love your classmates in the class of 2019? You can now provide information for the letters of recommendation we send to colleges. Complete this form so we can share w colleges. Challenge: Take time to complete a form for someone you admire with whom you are not close friends.

SUMMER TO-DO LIST:

  • Sign up with Parchment.com. This is for transcripts. You do not need to complete the student activities, grades, etc.
  • Stay organized to make the college application and decision process less stressful.
  • Make sure you have all application websites and forms required for college admission and financial aid. Update your calendar with all deadlines for your applications and financial aid.
  • Complete the Lilly Nominee Application Form by August 15 if you plan to apply to be one of BCHS’ nominees.
  • SEND YOUR ACT/SAT SCORES DIRECTLY TO COLLEGES.
  • Register for the ACT or SAT or SAT Subject Tests if needed.
  • Register for the CSSProfile financial aid form if needed.
  • If your college applications require recommendation letters, ask teachers to write one on your behalf. Please allow teachers at least 3 weeks to complete your recommendation. Provide recommendation forms and any special instructions. Write a thank you letter to the teacher afterward.

 

Reminder: Class of 2018 Final Transcripts

Class of 2018 Final Transcripts
Bishop Chatard will automatically send final transcripts to students’ colleges of choice on June 1. We also send final transcripts to NCAA and NAIA eligibility centers if students have indicated plans to participate in college athletics. If students have taken dual credit classes, they must request that the credit-issuing institution sends a transcript. For Indiana University Advance College Project (ACP) courses (Public Speaking, W131, Finite), request the transcript at  http://studentcentral.indiana.edu/register/documents/transcript.shtml. Phone contact: (812) 855-7505. ​For Vincennes University courses (Accounting), request the transcript at https://www.vinu.edu/transcript-requests. Contact: phone 812.888.4220, email records@vinu.edu.

New Scholarship Opportunities: 2018

ExtraordinAIRy Treasures (Deadline 5/31/18)…..Fifteen (15) $1,000 ExtraordinAIRy Treasures scholarships are very unique, so please read the following and pass on the information. Williams Comfort Air created ExtraordinAIRy Treasures in 2009 to honor individuals who showcase extraordinary qualities on a daily basis giving comfort, hope, inspiration, respect, service, and love to those around them. Williams Comfort Air values education and has a great appreciation for ALL career paths in life. ALL of these careers are vital to society; and, we believe that all students should have the opportunity to receive a continuing education scholarship. This year, Williams Comfort Air will award fifteen (15) $1,000 ExtraordinAIRy Treasures scholarships. These scholarships are unique in many ways: 1. There is NO GPA requirement for these scholarships.,  2. ALL career paths are eligible., 3. The student can attend a 4-year college, 2-year college, vocational college, or a trade school., 4. The student has NO PART in applying for these scholarships., 5. Students are nominated with an essay written by a parent, teacher, counselor, neighbor, employer, etc. The essay should convey why this high school senior is an ExtraordinAIRy Treasure to our future by including an overview of the nominee’s life skills in action such as perseverance in overcoming difficult circumstances, integrity, kindness, and commitment to community to name a few. Tell us who your nominee is at heart. Williams Comfort Air Committee will select the fifteen scholarship recipients. All scholarships are a one-time scholarship. Williams Comfort Air will accept nominations through May 31, 2018. Forward this information to your teachers, parents, and fellow students encouraging them to nominate a senior whom they feel is a treasure. Website: http://myindianatreasure.org/

Indiana State Warren M. Anderson Diversity Scholarship (Deadline 2/15/18)…..Qualified entering freshman students must: be an incoming freshman, have at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA; a “Core 40” or other college-preparatory high school diploma. The Warren M. Anderson Diversity Scholarship is intended for underrepresented minorities. Website: https://indstate.academicworks.com/opportunities/15608

Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award (Deadline 1/31/19)…..Sign up for e-mails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter to win a scholarship! Throughout the year, 11 eligible students or parents will be randomly selected to win a $10,000 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses. Website: https://scholarship.collegecovered.com/?acmpgn=E_EAW_CSEM_BM_X_BMHS2

Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest (Deadline 2/28/18)…..1. COMPLETE AN ONLINE APPLICATION. Click applyists.net/ridingforward to enter the Regions Riding Forward Scholarship Essay Contest between January 15, 2018, and February 28, 2018. Complete and save all requested information. 2. WRITE YOUR ESSAY. Choose the African-American you want to write about. It could be someone famous, a relative or a person you know. Just make sure the individual inspires and motivates you. For guidance, review the “How to Enter” instructions and the “Contest Judging Criteria” in sections 4 and 5 of the Official Rules, and be sure your essay is 500 words or less. You can write your essay directly in the application or you can copy and paste it into the appropriate area in the application form. 3. REVIEW AND SUBMIT. Review your information, check your essay for spelling and submit your entry by 11:59:59 p.m. Central Time on February 28, 2018. 4. AWAIT NOTIFICATION. Winning essays are selected by an independent panel of judges who are not affiliated with Regions. Students with winning essays will be notified by International Scholarship and Tuition Services (ISTS) in April or May 2018. If your essay is selected, you will need to respond to ISTS with the required information. Scholarship checks will be awarded by July 31, 2018. Eligibility: To be eligible to enter this contest and to win an award, you must be either a high school senior or a college freshman, sophomore or junior and meet all of the following criteria. HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Be a legal U.S. resident of either Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee or Texas; Be age 13 or older; Be enrolled in 12th grade in a public or private school (or home school) located in one of the states listed above; Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0; Plan to attend an accredited college in the U.S. during the 2018-2019 academic school year. Webite: applyists.net/ridingforward

College Spotlight 6

College: Butler University

Author: Ellen R. from Savoy, IL

Admissions site: https://www.butler.edu/admission

Some obvious thoughts on why Butler is unique may be the fact we’re a small school of 4400 with D1 athletics. Others may think about how our Jordan College of the Arts has a dance program that ranks in the top 5 ballet programs nationally, even though we’re in the heart of the midwest. Or that our placement rate is at an all time high of 97% of students in jobs related to their degree, graduate schools, or taking a gap year to travel or perform acts of services for communities abroad or nearby six months after graduation. These however are not why I chose Butler as my undergraduate institution, though they did help influence my decision. When I first toured Butler in the summer of 2016, there were three things that stood out to me.

The first, utmost important factor in choosing Butler was their commitment to excellent academic instruction. As a psychology major, I have already taken a class from an author of an established textbook used at renowned research institutions around the world! Additionally, the core curriculum and liberal arts basis for undergraduates was a strong influence in my decision because students who have already declared their major still get the opportunity to meet members of the community interested in different fields of study.

Community was the second reason I chose Butler. Because my high school was small, I knew I enjoyed knowing my peers and having more than one class with the same instructor. This intimacy is amplified by our established presence in college basketball and commitment to the arts. The community goes beyond students and faculty and extends throughout the greater Indianapolis area. During our diversity lecture series last spring, we had political satirist and commentarian W. Kamau Bell speak, and it was amazing to see how full Clowes Hall became.

The third reason I chose Butler was the commitment to diversity. Diversity at Butler was one of our founding principles. We have diversity in instruction, and experience across our 6 colleges. We have viewpoint diversity, a commitment to protect freedom of speech among students! We promote and celebrate religious, ethnic, and racial diversity across campus. We support varying abilities of students with physical or intellectual differences. We are inclusive.

If any of these attributes speak to you, seek out more information about Butler! You are now part of our community. Best of luck, and as always, Go Dawgs!

 

“When I was observing a class, a student I didn’t know at the time welcomed me and introduced himself via writing on a paper towel. This small action influenced by decision come to Butler .” -Julia B.