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,
For additional information about resources, please email
or call 212-566-2522 x112.
As part of the membership, representatives
receive a unique username and password. Representatives
and can access databases and electronic communication
--VSP HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT DATABASE
--VSP DATABASE PLUS
AT YOUR UNDERGRADUATE INSTITUTION
--VSP STUDENT INQUIRY FORM
LIST OF STUDENTS, BY HIGH SCHOOL
AND MEMBER INSTITUTION PROFILE FORM
--VSP E-DIALOGUE CENTER
here . Enter your username and password. Access your
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
- 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
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.
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
Undergraduate Ventures Scholars can help with recruiting
efforts and can provide feedback to interested high school
VSP STUDENT INQUIRY
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.
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
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,
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
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!
here . Enter your username and password. Access online
VSP WEBSITE AND MEMBER INSTITUTION
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,
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.
The Ventures Scholars Program e-newsletter provides
Ventures Scholars, parents, and guidance counselors with
college and career planning information, resources, and
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.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
PARTNERSHIP WITH SHELL AND AMERICAN GEOLOGICAL
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.