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21st Century Scholarship is a ticket to free college tuition


Miriam Medina, Scecina's director of Enrollment Management, attended Indiana University, thanks to her 21st Century Scholarship. She graduated from IU in 2011.

Editor's Note: This is an open letter from Miriam Medina, the director of Enrollment Management at Scecina Memorial High School, to 7th and 8th grade students and their parents who live on the Eastside of Indianapolis.

Back in 2007, my parents filled out a form that my eighth-grade counselor gave me to take home. We filled it out, I took it back, and I never really knew anything about what had become of that form. Fast-forward to the fall of 2010 when I was starting my senior year of high school. That form proved to be life-changing. 

What my counselor gave me was an application for the 21st Century Scholars program. It paid for four years of tuition, room, and board at Indiana University Bloomington. It was the reason why I was able to be the first person in my family to go to college and graduate, and it is the reason why I am able to write to you today. 

The 21st Century Scholarship provides students up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. If you wish to attend a private college, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a four-year public college. Not only does the program finance your education, it also prepares you for college success while you are in high school. 

In order to obtain your scholarship, you are required to complete a scholar success program. Each year of high school, you will complete three activities for a total of 12 at the time of graduation. These activities help you stay on track for college and career success by creating a graduation plan your freshman year, completing a job shadow your sophomore year, visiting a college campus your junior year, and much more! 

Additionally, you must take a pledge to do the following: graduate from a state-accredited high school with at least a 2.5 GPA, not participate in illegal activities, apply for college during your senior year and apply for financial aid. 

Scecina Memorial High School is committed to helping you along the way as you complete the scholar success program and work towards maintaining a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. Through our campus ministry and extracurricular activities, we will make sure you follow your pledge to not use illegal drugs, alcohol, or commit a crime. Our College and Career Counselor, Mr. Josh Orndorff, will meet with you regularly to ensure that you apply on time to an eligible Indiana college and for financial aid. We want you to succeed. 

I encourage you to review the eligibility requirements with your parents and discuss the opportunity to apply for this amazing resource. To apply now, please visit

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. The Scecina Memorial Community will be with you every step of the way. 

Please feel free to contact me at 317.352.3287 or at with any questions.

Miriam Medina
Scecina Director of Enrollment Management 

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Natalie Light wrote:
Hello Miriam! I currently have my son Dylan enrolled there at Scecina and we are going to be moving out of state to Ohio in May. He will be attending another high school in Ohio as it is undecided at this point. Do you know if his scholarship will carry over to where we decide or is there anything we need to reaply for?

Thank you Natalie

Tue, March 6, 2018 @ 8:36 AM

2. wrote:
Aw, this was an extremely good post. Taking a
few minutes and actual effort to produce a good article… but
what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don't seem to get anything

Sat, April 6, 2019 @ 8:28 AM

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