Bowman Counseling Corner

February 2019 Newsletter

TBLA Counseling Team


The Indiana FAFSA filing deadline of April 15th is quickly approaching and IUN is hosting a free FAFSA filing event entitled College Goal Sunday, which is scheduled for Sunday, February 24th in Hawthorn Hall Room 454 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college or grad school. The 2019–20 FAFSA form is here! Some states and schools have limited funds, so submit your application today.

Use FAFSA4caster to get a free early estimate of your eligibility for federal student aid. Learn how to fill out the FAFSA form, and browse common FAFSA topics. Find out what to expect after you fill out the FAFSA form, including when and how your aid will be paid out.

Visit the FAFSA website: See your counselor for more info!


  • Monday, February 18th- Regular school day
  • Friday, February 22nd- End of 2nd trimester
  • Monday, February 25th- Trimester 3 starts
  • FYI: TBLA's very own Jr. MANRRS will present their projects in February to a panel of judges and winners of the competition will travel to Kansas for the National MANRRS Conference.

  • We are excited to announce that TBLA will be a testing site for SAT on May 4, 2019!


Please help in congratulating the following 7th grade students who are currently applying for the Cooke Young Scholars Program. The Cooke Young Scholars Program is a selective pre-college scholarship for high performing 7th graders.

Clark Troupe

Alyssa Anderson

Makhyla Crisler

Navaeh Mosley


Northwestern University's Midwest Academic Talent Search (NUMATS) is a research-validated program that utilizes above-grade-level assessment, as a means of gifted testing, to help parents and educators better understand their students’ educational needs. NUMATS allows eligible students to take internationally recognized tests before the grade levels at which they are normally administered. The PSAT™8/9 test, designed for students in grades 8 and 9, is administered to students in grades 3 through 6. SAT® and ACT®, designed for students in grades 11 and 12, are administered to students in grades 6 through 9. NUMATS identifies academic ability, measures growth and connects students to resources and opportunities for advanced students.

We currently have seven 7th-9th grade students who qualify to apply for this program. Mrs. Drummond will work with the following students to help them get registered. Please be sure to offer these students some words of encouragement for all of their hard work.

Olivia Davis

Trinity Armstead

Trevon McCutcheon

Tristan Hamer

Tadan Phillips

Dasiera Lee

Joaquin Surney

21st Century Scholar Enrollment Contest

Next week is the last week for students to enroll in 21st Century Scholars in order to be eligible for the raffle and to help their class win a pizza party. Please encourage your scholars to turn in their applications to Mrs. Drummond by 2 p.m. February 22nd. Winners of the tablets, gift card and pizza party will be announce on Monday, February 25th.

7th Grade Enrollment Data

Yost: 20%

Banks: 8%

Fenton: 33%

Qualls: 22%

8th Grade Enrollment Data

Frainier: 21%

Shaheed: 8%

Roberts: 38%

Jarrett: 18%


Think you can’t afford to pay for that college or university you’ve always wanted to go to? Well, think again! Check out and apply for these qualifying scholarships below and GET THAT MONEY!

On Friday, January 11, 2019, the Crown Point Community Foundation will start accepting online scholarship applications. All applicants will apply and submit applications online. You can access the scholarship application and a listing of scholarship awards by visiting or through the Crown Point Community Foundation Facebook page.

Deadline for applying for scholarships will be Friday, February 22, 2019. Questions about the application process should be made to the foundation office at 219-662-7252.


1. High School Graduates of Northwest Indiana

Two to three non-renewable scholarships intended to help with incidental costs incurred by a student who lives or attends high school in Northwest Indiana and will attend a 2 or 4 year accredited university or college. Applications are available from you school counselor

  • Application Due Date:April 1, 2019
  • Graduating high school senior with documented college acceptance
  • GPA:2.5 or higher
  • 400 word essay typed: United States Border Patrol has been around since 1904 enforcing and regulating laws under the immigration and Nationality Act. U.S. Border Patrol is now under the Department of Homeland Security. What is your position on this issue? Are you for or against building a wall? Why? or Why not?
  • Required quarterly communication concerning college progress and retention
  • Two recommendations: one each form a school staff member and a community member supporting character and financial need
  • Interview with Committee
  • Award: $500-$1,000

Mail completed applications to:

417 West 2\81st Avenue Suite 206

Merrillville, IN 46410

Or email:

2. Indiana Sheriffs' Association Scholarship Fund Criteria:

  • Must be an Indiana Resident
  • Must be committed to pursuing an eduaction and career in a law enforcement field at an Indiana College or University
  • Must be a current member of the Association, or a dependent child or grandchild of a current member of the Association. If you do not meet the membership requirement, please see your school counselor for scholarship application to meet the requirement.
  • Must enroll as a full-time student (12 hours)
  • All information must be typed or hand-printed neatly, completed in full and returned to: Indiana Sheriffs' Association, 147 East Maryland Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204-3608
  • Deadline: April 1, 2019

3. Bachus & Schanker LLC $2,000 Scholarship criteria:

  • 800 Word Essay: The importance and efficacy of the 7th Amendment and how it affects your life. Consideration for the entirety of the Amendment (rather than the well-known nutshell explanation of the right to trial by jury) is encouraged.
  • High School Seniors who have been accepted to a four year University
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Deadline: July 30th, 2019 (Fall Scholarship)
  • Email their essay as a .doc or .pdf attachment to

For more scholarships please visit your School Counselor

or search



YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS THIS TALENT SEARCH EVENT! TRIO Day is the last Saturday in February and has been proclaimed a National Day of Service. Educational Talent Search program participants plan to give back to their community on:

Saturday, February 23, 2019

9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Food Bank of Northwest Indiana

6490 Broadway

Mrrillville, IN 46410

Activities will include sorting food for local food drives, packing backpacks and bags or packing senior boxes for the elderly and disabled residents.

Wear your jeans, long-sleeved shirts, and gym shoes. Permission slips and waivers must be completed for this activity. Please come to the TRIO office to complete all paperwork. You may contact Denise Cook at 219-981-4826 for questions.

Students will need to be dropped off and picked up at the Food Bank



Pathway to Career

Choosing the right career is easy when you know the right path. Join Indiana University Northwest for a fun, hands-on day of career exploration. Meet professors, current students, and career services team. Learn about your career interest and salary ranges. Enjoy lunch with IU Northwest Ambassadors and learn about their academic experiences and student activities.

Career workshop Dates: February 22nd, April 5th, 19th, 26th

Time: 9 a.m. to noon

Lunch: Noon to 1 p.m.

Registration for each event closes one week prior to each event.

Questions? contact 219-980-6991 or

Penn Engineering Summer Academy

This summer, Penn Engineering is offering a unique program for a selective group of high school students (rising 10th- 12th graders) to experience rigorous and challenging college-level coursework. The three- week Engineering Summer Academy at Penn combines sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting-edge technologies. Students can earn college credits in Biotechnology, Complex Networks, Computer Graphics, Nanotechnology, Computer Science, and Robotics.

Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2019

Final Application Deadline: April 5, 2019

Summer Academy: July 7th- 27th

If there are any referrals or questions please email or visit the website at for full program details.

Thea Bowman Leadership Academy

Thea Bowman Leadership Academy (TBLA) is a tuition-free public school located in Gary, Indiana.