Undergraduate Institutions


RESOURCES

Member institution representatives are invited to use the Ventures Scholars Program resources to communicate with Ventures Scholars, family members, guidance counselors, educators and advisors nationwide.

Representatives can also encourage their department chairpeople to share information with the targeted populations, too!

For additional information about resources, please email abaez@ventures.org or call 212-566-2522 x112.


As part of the membership, representatives receive a unique username and password. Representatives login and can access databases and electronic communication tools.

DATABASES
--VSP HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT DATABASE

--VSP DATABASE PLUS
--VENTURES SCHOLARS AT YOUR UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION

--VSP STUDENT INQUIRY FORM DATABASE
--GUIDANCE COUNSELOR/EDUCATOR/ADVISOR DATABASE
--ACCESS LIST OF STUDENTS, BY HIGH SCHOOL

ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATION TOOLS
--VSP WEBSITE AND MEMBER INSTITUTION PROFILE FORM
--VSP E-MINDER SYSTEM
--VSP STUDENT E-NEWSLETTER
--VSP E-DIALOGUE CENTER


--SPECIAL PROJECTS


DATABASES

Click here . Enter your username and password. Access your databases.


VSP HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT DATABASE


Please note that students are continually registering to join the Ventures Scholars Program. Click here to find out how many students are currently in the high school database.

The Ventures Scholars Program database provides member institutions with information collected after the student completes the online registration form.

Most students are identified when they take the PSAT or PLAN examination. In February, congratulatory letters are sent to these students and they are invited to register with the Ventures Scholars Program.

In the early spring, lists of students who have been nominated to the pathway are sent to the high schools. Counselors are asked to encourage these students to register and they are also invited to nominate additional students to the pathway.

To become Ventures Scholars, high school students should meet the following qualifications:

  • Students need to maintain a 3.0 grade point average or better.
  • Students need to identify themselves as members of an underrepresented group (African American/Black, American Indian/Native American, and Hispanic/Latino/a) or as first-generation college-bound students*.
  • Students need to express an interest in a math- or science-based career.

    (* A first-generation college-bound student is a student whose parents/guardians had no education beyond high school. Race and ethnicity are not factors. )


  • Students need to meet at least one of the following standardized test qualifications:

    -- PSAT Qualifications : score a minimum of 47 on the math and critical reasoning sections. As a junior, score a minimum of 50 on the math and critical reasoning sections.
    -- SAT Qualifications : score a minimum of 550 on the math and verbal sections.
    -- PLAN Qualifications : score a minimum of 18 on the math, science, English, and reading sections.
    --ACT Qualifications: score a minimum of 19 on the math, science, English, and reading sections.

A. Ventures Scholar Information

The database includes the following information about the Ventures Scholar: first name, last name, address, city, state, zip, gender, date of birth, home phone, email, ethnicity, first-generation status, high school code, high school name, intended major, high school GPA, high school class rank/high school class total, high school graduation year, IB courses, AP courses, and extra-curricular activities.

B. Ventures Scholar Family Information

The database includes the following information about the Ventures Scholar's family: number of siblings whose ages are 0 to 5, 6 to 10, 11 to 14, 15 to 18; father's/male guardian's education level; mother's/female guardian's education level; and family income range.

VSP also collects the email address of parents/guardians. Approximately 50% of the students provide their parent/guardian email address. You can communicate with this targeted population by using the VSP E-Minder system. E-communicate information about math and science career pathways, merit-based scholarships, special programs and more.


VSP DATABASE PLUS

This information is recorded in the new Ventures Scholar Database Plus. Click here to find out how many students are currently in the high school database plus.

Counselors, educators, and advisors would like to connect their students to the pathway, but the students fall a bit below the requirements established by the Ventures Scholars Program.

Counselors can nominate students from their high school who do not quite meet the VSP academic requirements for nomination, but have academic potential and a strong interest in STEM careers.


UNDERGRADUATE VENTURES SCHOLARS AT YOUR INSTITUTION

Member institutions can download a database of Ventures Scholars who choose to continue Ventures Scholars Program membership at the undergraduate level.

Encourage Ventures Scholars at your undergraduate institution to continue their membership so you can keep in contact with them.

Undergraduate Ventures Scholars can help with recruiting efforts and can provide feedback to interested high school Ventures Scholars.


VSP STUDENT INQUIRY FORM DATABASE

Ventures Scholars are invited to complete a member institution's inquiry form. Once the student completes your inquiry form, the information is stored in a database. Member institution representatives can download the database of completed inquiry forms specifically for your institution.

Contact these students who have expressed an interest in your institution!

Inquiry forms are located at the top of the institution's webpage and are also located in a unique page on the VSP Website.



GUIDANCE COUNSELOR/EDUCATOR/ADVISOR DATABASE

Ventures Scholars Program encourages guidance counselors, educators and community-based organization advisors to register with the Program. Member institutions can download this database and send information to this targeted group.

Please take time to encourage counselors, educators, and advisors to register with the Ventures Scholars Program. Once a counselor, educator, or advisor is registered, you can encourage them to nominate students at their high school join the pathway.

Click here to view the number of registered counselors and advisors, by state.

ACCESS LIST OF STUDENTS, BY HIGH SCHOOL

Possibly you would like to connect with a high school in a specific geographic area that you cannot personally visit. Maybe you are planning a visit to a high school and would like to access a list of Ventures Scholars.

You can now access a list of registered students at a particular public or private high school nationwide. Simply go to your web account page, insert the CEEB code of a particular high school, and you will be provided with the database of registered students at the high school.


Additional Idea: Encourage a counselor to register with the Program. Ask him/her to begin nominating students to the pathway. Download the list of students, by high school and begin communicating with them!


ADDITIONAL COMMUNICATION TOOLS

Click here . Enter your username and password. Access online tools.

VSP WEBSITE AND MEMBER INSTITUTION PROFILE FORM

Member institution information is highlighted on the VSP Website. Representatives should periodically update the institution's profile page.

The web page includes your institution's website, a link to your unique inquiry form, institution contact person's information, and a paragraph about the institution. You can also provide infomraiton about your student body, student qualifications, academics, cost, scholarships, fee waivers, summer enrichment programs, early admissions, and open houses.

Periodically, Ventures Scholars Program sends emails to students, their families, and counselors to remind them about member institutions' fee waivers, enrichment programs, scholarship opportunities and more.

Click here to access member institutions' profile pages.


VSP E-MINDER SYSTEM

Send targeted reminder emails to students, parents, and counselors about programs and opportunities. You can use the system to send emails by geographic region, high school graduation date, gender, ethnicity, and more.

As part of the targeted email system, you can include a link to your personalized inquiry form. Ask students to complete the form for specific programs and opportunities at your institution. Go to your web account page and download the database.

The system also keeps a running record of the emails you have sent to targeted populations.


VSP E-NEWSLETTER

The Ventures Scholars Program e-newsletter provides Ventures Scholars, parents, and guidance counselors with college and career planning information, resources, and opportunities.
  • From September to June, the Program provides biweekly e-newsletters to high school Ventures Scholars, parents/guardians, and guidance counselors. Member institution profiles are highlighted in all e-newsletters.
  • During July, the Program provides an e-newsletter about developing scholarship opportunities and the college planning process. Member institution scholarship information is highlighted.
  • During August, the Program provides an e-newsletter about preparing for success in high school and the college admissions process. All member institution profiles are highlighted.

Member institutions are invited to provide articles, answer questions and offer timely information in the biweekly e-newsletters. Email abaez@ventures.org.



VSP E-DIALOGUE CENTER

The VSP online chat center provides member institutions with multiple opportunities to organize chat activities with high school Ventures Scholars, families, and guidance counselors.

A. Online Chat Room
Member institutions can use the online chat room for recruitment activities, as well as learning activities.

•  Help Ventures Scholars learn about math and science programs, preparing for college, completing the application and more.

•  Invite undergraduate Ventures Scholars to participate in e-chat discussions and answer questions.

•  Provide parents/guardians with a venue to ask questions about the college and career planning process, particularly at your institution.

•  Inform guidance counselors of the latest policy changes at your institution.

Member institutions can request a transcript of discussions and a tracking report of Ventures Scholars participating in e-chat discussions.

B. VSP Online Bulletin Board

High school and undergraduate Ventures Scholars are invited to pose questions on the member institution's bulletin board. When a question is submitted, the member institution representative receives notification in his/her inbox.


SPECIAL PROJECTS

PARTNERSHIP WITH SHELL AND AMERICAN GEOLOGICAL INSTITUTE
Through a partnership with Shell and American Geological Institute, the Program is developing e-newsletters to help students learn about the geosciences. The Program is also encouraging students, parents, and counselors to e-communicate with geoscience professors at member institutions. Additional activities forthcoming.

Click here
to view the list of institutions that have already provided us with contact information.


 
 

 

 
courtesy of Saint Michael's College
   
"The Ventures Scholars Program helps to expand our database of students of color."
–A Consortium Member

 

 
© 2006 Ventures In Education, Inc.
"The Ventures Scholars Program helps to expand our database of students of color."
–A Consortium Member

 

  © 2006 Ventures In Education, Inc.