Overview

Do you have questions about the Ventures Scholars Program? This section will provide answers to your questions.

If you have a question that is not answered in this section, please email webmaster@ventures.org and your question will be answered!

What is the Ventures Scholars Program?
The Ventures Scholars Program is a national membership program designed to help connect high achieving underrepresented and first-generation college-bound students interested in pursuing math- and science-related careers to information and opportunities.

The Ventures Scholars Program is a free service for qualified high school and undergraduate students.


Why were you selected as a Ventures Scholar?
You met the criteria to join the Ventures Scholars Program!

  • You met at least one of the following test qualifications:
    PSAT Qualifications: You scored a minimum of 47 on the math and verbal sections. As a junior, you scored a minimum of 50 on the math and verbal sections.
    SAT Qualifications: You scored a minimum of 550 on the math and verbal sections.
    PLAN Qualifications: You scored a minimum composite score of 18 on the math, science, English, and reading sections.
    ACT Qualifications: You scored a minimum of 19 on the math, science, English, and reading sections.
  • You have a 3.0 grade point average or better.
  • You have identified yourself as a member of an underrepresented group (African American/Black, American Indian/Native American, and Hispanic/Latino/a) or are a first-generation college-bound student (A first-generation college-bound student is a student whose parents/guardians had no education beyond high school. Race and ethnicity are not factors.)
  • You expressed an interest in a math- or science-based career.

What are the benefits of membership to the Ventures Scholars Program?
The Ventures Scholars Program provides a variety of communication tools to help you link to resources and opportunities.

  • The Ventures Scholars Program Web Site offers a wealth of information and resources to you and your family members.
  • The VSP Consortium invites you to communicate with over 200 undergraduate institutions, professional associations and graduate/professional schools. Periodically, you will receive special emails from member institutions and associations. The emails will share information about special events/activities, scholarships and more!
  • The VSP Biweekly E-Newsletter offers information about consortium members, college and career planning, financial aid, and scholarship opportunities. You can also complete a supplemental questionnaire that offers additional information to our member colleges and universities.
  • The VSP Listserv and Message Board provides a venue for high school and undergraduate Ventures Scholars to discuss issues and concerns with other Ventures Scholars across the country.
  • The VSP E-Buddy Welcome Program enables you to connect with other high school Ventures Scholars across the country who share similar majors. You can also ask undergraduate Ventures Scholars about the college planning process and about specific undergraduate institutions.
  • You are invited to continue your free membership as an undergraduate Ventures Scholar.

For additional information, please go to www.venturescholar.org/hs/communication.html.


What is the Ventures Scholars Program Consortium?
The Ventures Scholars Program Consortium consists of over 250 undergraduate institutions, professional associations and graduate/professional schools. They have joined because they are truly interested in diversity on campus and utilize the services of the Ventures Scholars Program to link with qualified students.

To access a list of member undergraduate institutions, go to
www.venturescholar.org/consortium/memberlist.html.

To access a list of member professional associations, go to
www.venturescholar.org/hs/profcontact.html.


How can you access information about member colleges and universities?
The Ventures Scholars Program Web site provides you with a lot of information about our member undergraduate institutions. You can link to member institutions’ Web sites, admissions contacts, fee waivers, enrichment programs, scholarship opportunities, open houses, math and science majors, research opportunities, support programs and their online career centers.

To access this information, please go to www.venturescholar.org/hs/undergradintro.html.


How do colleges and universities get information about Ventures Scholars?
The Ventures Scholars Program provides member institutions with resources to better connect with Ventures Scholars.

  • Database – When you complete the online application to join the Ventures Scholars Program, your information is forwarded to our member institutions. Please remember that it is VERY important to update your online application in September, January and June so that the institutions can receive updated information. To update your online application, please go to www.venturescholar.org/login.

  • Emails – Member institution admissions personnel encourage you to contact them and ask questions. Go to www.venturescholar.org/hs/undergradcontact.html to access the contact information. (By the way, did you know that many institutions actually keep track of how many times you contact them?)

Why have professional associations joined the Ventures Scholars Program?
The professional associations have joined the Ventures Scholars Program because they want you to learn about career pathways and want to make sure you know about career information and resources. Many of the professional associations are eager to increase the number of underrepresented young adults pursuing math- and science-related careers.


How can you access information about member professional associations?
The Ventures Scholars Program Web site provides you with contact information and Web links to the professional associations. Don't be shy! Email your questions!

To access this information, please go to http://www.venturescholar.org/hs/associntro.html.


How can you learn about scholarships, summer programs, the college planning process and other important topics?
The Ventures Scholars Program Web site provides links to personality and career assessments, timelines, competitions, summer opportunities, the college planning process, financial aid, scholarship opportunities, math and science-related careers, personal issues and concerns, and much more!

To access this information, please go to www.venturescholar.org/resource/.


Can the Ventures Scholars Program answer your college- and career-related questions?
Yes, we can! Simply email your question to webmaster@ventures.org and we’ll ask our member institutions and associations to provide the answers. The questions/answers will appear in the biweekly e-newsletter and will then be posted on the VSP Web site.

To read questions posed by Ventures Scholars and answers provided by the VSP Consortium members, please go to www.venturescholar.org/hs/answers/experts.html.


How can you communicate with other Ventures Scholars?
The Ventures Scholars Program has developed a variety of tools so that Ventures Scholars can communicate with each other.

  • VSP Listserv and Message Board – You can post a question and receive responses from other Ventures Scholars across the country. To access the listserv and message board, simply go to www.venturescholar.org/login and follow the directions!

  • VSP E-Buddy Welcome Program – In September and February, high school and undergraduate Ventures Scholars receive an online invitation to join the VSP E-Buddy Welcome Program. Participants are asked to provide a first name, high school or college, email address and a brief description about themselves. Ventures Scholars are divided by career interests, state (high school Ventures Scholars), and undergraduate institution (undergraduate Ventures Scholars). Ventures Scholars can ask each other questions and learn about programs and opportunities. The VSP E-Buddy Program begins in October and March!


How can your friends join the Ventures Scholars Program?
If your friends meet the qualifications to join the Ventures Scholars Program, they should complete the Ventures Scholars Program application.

To access the application, please go to www.venturescholar.org/application.


How can your high school guidance counselor learn about the Ventures Scholars Program and nominate qualified students?
There are over 9,000 high schools nationwide with Ventures Scholars. Ask your guidance counselor to email webmaster@ventures.org to access a list of Ventures Scholars at your high school. Counselors can also nominate students who meet the requirements to join the Ventures Scholars Program.

Provide information to your guidance counselor! Go to
www.venturescholar.org/consortium/forms/guidance.pdf


How can your parents/guardians get information from the Ventures Scholars Program?
When you complete your online registration form, the Ventures Scholars Program asks for your parent/guardian email address. Once we have the email address, they receive a copy of the biweekly e-newsletter, targeted emails and more!

If you have not provided your parent/guardian email address, please go to your online registration form and insert this information.


How can the Ventures Scholars Program help you at the undergraduate level?
Please remember to continue your free membership when you enter college or university. You will be provided with a variety of tools to help you learn about resources and opportunities at the undergraduate level.

As soon as you have your new college/university address and email address, go to www.venturescholar.org/login and update your online registration form.


How does the Ventures Scholars Program receive funding to operate the program?
The Ventures Scholars Program Consortium pays an annual membership fee to join the Ventures Scholars Program.

 

 

 
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