The Ventures Scholars Program invites guidance counselors,
educators, and community-based organization providers
to collaborate with the Ventures Scholars Program and
help underrepresented and first-generation college bound
students interested in science, technology, engineering
and mathematics-based career pathways.
The Program provides a variety of tools that help these
students link to information, resources, and opportunities
offered by member competitive colleges/universities,
professional associations, and organizations nationwide.
Registered students and their parents also receive timely
college and career planning information from the Ventures
If you are a counselor, educator, or provider, please
take a few minutes to register with us and begin nominating
students and receiving electronic information from the
Ventures Scholars Program. If you are connected with
a high school, you can also download a list of students
at your high school who have been nominated to the pathway.
Click here to register
with the Ventures Scholars Program. Once you have registered,
you will be able to go into your account and nominate
students to the Ventures Scholars Program pathway.
here if you are already registered and you would
like to access your unique web account.
Click here to access information
about our member undergraduate institutions nationwide.
here to access information about our member professional
associations and organizations nationwide.
Click here to view the number
of guidance counselors and providers, by state, who
are registered with the Ventures Scholars Program.
HOW STUDENTS ARE
NOMINATED TO JOIN VENTURES SCHOLARS PROGRAM
MEETING ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS
The Ventures Scholars Program uses the College
Board's PSAT and ACT's PLAN examinations to initially
target underrepresented students. Targeted students
are sent an invitation in February to join the Ventures
Scholars Program and are asked complete an on-line registration
form. Parent/guardian email addresses are collected
as part of the online registration process.
In the spring, close to 9,000 public and private high
schools receive a list of the students who have been
nominated to join the Ventures Scholars Program.
Counselors, educators, and providers are asked
to encourage nominated students to complete and periodically
update the online registration form.
Counselors and providers are also asked to register
with the Ventures Scholars Program so they can receive
timely information from member institutions and associations
as well as register additional students to the Ventures
Scholars Program pathway.
To become Ventures Scholars, high school students need
to meet the following qualifications:
Counselors and providers are invited to nominate students
to the pathway. You will need to register to download
a paper application or use the online registration form.
- 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 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.
NOT QUITE MEETING ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS
Counselors and advisors have asked that Ventures Scholars
Program to include underrepresented and first-generation
college bound students who might not meet the aforementioned
criteria, but have a sincere interest in pursuing a math-or
science based career.
Counselors and advisors are now invited to nominate students
to the Ventures Scholars Program Database Plus. This database
will be shared with our member colleges and universities.
Students should be underrepresented and/or first-generation
college bound students interested in math and science
Once you register with the Program, you can begin nominating
students to the pathway. Please use the online application.
RESOURCES FOR VENTURES
Students and their parents/guardians are invited to utilize
our free services. They can:
--communicate with member undergraduate
institutions and professional
--receive college and career planning infomation through
biweekly e-newsletter and targeted emails,
--access VSP listserv, VSP E-Dialogue Center, and communicate
with VSP staff.
Click here to
find out about these resources.
to view the demographics of Ventures Scholars nationwide.
Feedback from a Ventures Scholar:
"I am an African-American student. I am part of
your Ventures Scholars Program since my sophomore year,
and I have been following your advice and using your
resources from the beginning of my college search.
The timeline of events has been almost biblical, and
we followed it from the very beginning of our time with
this group. For a family without the most experience
in searching for colleges, we found it very convenient
to be able to go to Ventures and find out what to do
next. The help you all have offered has been essential
to how far I have made it now. So you know, I applied
to (member institution) early decision and was accepted,
my financial package pays for my entire education. Once
again, I'd like to thank Ventures for all the help you
have given, and I will be sure to recommend this to
anyone who seriously wants to get into college and needs
the guidance to do it."
Feedback from a Parent
" Just a note from a parent to share the wonderful
news of where one of YOUR Venture Scholars is headed
this fall. My son has been a scholar in your program
since his sophomore year He was accepted at (member
institution), awarded a full 4yr scholarship, admitted
to their Honors College, AND accepted into their class
of 2014 medical school.
I am sure that his selection as a Venture Scholar on
his college applications did not go unnoticed or unappreciated
in the college application process. In fact it was through
a medical conference that the Venture Scholar e-newsletter
informed him of that he had the opportunity to attend
an conference for pre-meds and meet face-t- face with
admission officials, to gather not only information
on an abundance of pre-med programs (summer, research
etc.), but to receive guidance and suggestions from
the same people looking over applications, and little
did he know to leave a lasting impression with them.
So, I just wanted the Venture Scholar organization to
know how much of a factor you were in educating and guiding
one of your scholars to their ultimate goal ... medical
school. But who knew that opportunity would be realized
at age 17. Cudos to your program and my son."