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21st Century Scholars program is a unique college opportunity

My name is Joe Brettnacher, and I serve as Principal of Scecina Memorial High School. I'd like to tell you about a program that is unique to the State of Indiana. I want to make sure that you are aware of its existence because of the powerful impact it can have on a student's education and college plans, and it is important for families to know about it when their child is in eighth grade.

The 21st Century Scholarship Program provides students up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. If you are interested in attending a private college, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a four-year public college. There are qualifications, and students must apply by June 30 of their eighth-grade year. 

We recently published Miriam Medina’s 21st Century Scholars story on our website. Ms. Medina is Scecina's Director of Enrollment Management. In her story she talked about how the 21st Century scholarship funded her four years of tuition, room, and board at Indiana University Bloomington. She also mentioned a counselor who introduced her to the program and was instrumental in her journey. 

At Scecina, we are fortunate and blessed to have two counselors in our guidance department who make sure students who are already in the program stay eligible and complete the Scholars Success Program. Our Academic Advisor, Mrs. Kalynn Huntoon, will monitor your child’s academic performance to guide hin or her to achieve a 2.5 grade point average or better. Our College and Career Counselor, Mr. Josh Orndorff, is the program expert, and he will work with your child so that he or she applies to an eligible Indiana college and for financial aid on time. 

It is our mission to motivate our diverse and gifted community of students to attain educational excellence, be lifelong learners, and live as servant leaders. I truly believe that being a part of the 21st Century Scholars Program is a step in that direction and I hope you will become a part of it. Please feel free to contact our guidance department at 317-356-6377 for any questions about the program. I look forward to seeing you as a Crusader this fall. 

Joe Brettnacher, Ph.D.

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