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 firstname.lastname@example.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
The Ventures Scholars Program is a free service for
qualified high school and undergraduate students.
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
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
- 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
are the benefits of membership to the Ventures Scholars
The Ventures Scholars Program provides a variety of
communication tools to help you link to resources and
- 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
- 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.
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,
To access a list of member professional associations,
can you access information about member colleges and
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.
do colleges and universities get information about Ventures
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?)
have professional associations joined the Ventures Scholars
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.
can you access information about member professional
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.
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/.
the Ventures Scholars Program answer your college- and
Yes, we can! Simply email your question to email@example.com
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
can you communicate with other Ventures Scholars?
The Ventures Scholars Program has developed a variety
of tools so that Ventures Scholars can communicate with
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!
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.
can your high school guidance counselor learn about
the Ventures Scholars Program and nominate qualified
There are over 9,000 high schools nationwide
with Ventures Scholars. Ask your guidance counselor
to email firstname.lastname@example.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
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.
can the Ventures Scholars Program help you at the undergraduate
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.
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.