Joyce Ivy Foundation Hosts Twelfth Annual College Admissions Symposium


ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN, March 1, 2023 — The Joyce Ivy Foundation is pleased to announce that it will hold the twelfth annual Joyce Ivy College Admissions Symposium (JCAS) on May 19-20 in Rochester, Michigan. Participation will be free of charge for school counselors, community-based organization leaders, and female high school students and their families due to the support of the Joyce Ivy Foundation and its donors. Advance registration is required.

The two-day program will feature interactive college admissions and financial aid workshops designed for education professionals, students, and families. Sessions on Friday, May 19 will be offered for high school counselors and community-based organization leaders to learn about highly selective admissions, how to advocate for their students, and to share best practices in a collaborative setting. Sessions on Saturday, May 20, are designed to help talented female high school students and their families learn more about admission to highly selective colleges and the process of applying for financial aid.

“We are so excited to have JCAS back in person after being online for the last three years,” said Oluwakemi Dauda, Joyce Ivy’s Director of Programming and 2023 JCAS Director. “As we plan for this year’s Symposium, we are excited to provide our attendees with informative  sessions that will hopefully break down barriers in the college application process. We are pleased to be able to offer access to this critical information free of charge and are grateful to our university partners for their participation.”

Symposium workshops will be led by admissions and financial aid officers from a sample of the country’s most selective colleges and universities, including Johns Hopkins, Harvard, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, and Yale.

“Through allowing me to ask questions and gain advice from admissions counselors at some of the nation’s most selective universities, attending JCAS gave me the opportunity to understand the review process of college applications,” said Elizabeth Alene, JCAS participant and 2022 Joyce Ivy Summer Scholar. “This allowed me to gain more awareness about different components of a successful college application, and made the idea of attending a top college seem more tangible.”

Counselors and community-based organization leaders interested in attending JCAS on Friday, May 19, and female high school students interested in attending the program on Saturday, May 20, may register on Eventbrite at and Capacity is limited, and early registration is encouraged.