As a high school junior, you’ve got a busy social life. Driving tests and prom parties are coming up. But don’t forget it’s also a big year for college planning. To help you along the way, check out Learn More Indiana’s page just for Juniors. Then, log in to ScholarTrack and track the progress of your Scholar Success Program activities.
SCHOLAR SUCCESS PROGRAM ACTIVITIES
Visit a College Campus
Planning a college visit through a school’s admissions office can give you the opportunity to walk around the campus, check out the student housing, observe a class, tour the dining hall and more. To get started, make a list of the schools that interest you most. You can learn more about choosing colleges here.
Write down a list of questions you want to ask during your visit, such as how big the classes are, what your housing options would be, and what activities, sports or clubs exist on campus. Then, contact a college’s admissions office—they’ll help you schedule a tour. Think about bringing a parent or guardian, mentor or one of your friends to check out the college with you.
Once you’ve visited at least one college, log in to ScholarTrack and answer a few questions to complete the requirement.
Take a College Entrance Exam
A college entrance exam is an admissions requirement at nearly all colleges. The most common exams are the SAT and the ACT. Before you sign up to take an official exam, make sure you’re choosing the one that best suits your needs: some colleges require ACT scores, while others require SAT scores. Check each college’s admissions website to see which test is required or preferred. A map of Indiana Colleges can be found here.
To prepare for the tests, see if your school or public library has ACT or SAT prep practice books. Check out ACTStudent.org (for the ACT) and CollegeBoard.org (for the SAT) for free practice tests, test day tips and other resources to help improve your skills.
Both the ACT and SAT require a $50 fee at the time of registration, but as a 21st Century Scholar, you should qualify for a fee waiver to cover the cost. Talk to your counselor about requesting a fee waiver.
Once you’ve taken either the ACT or SAT, log in to ScholarTrack and answer a few questions to complete the requirement.
Search for Scholarships
Your 21st Century Scholarship covers up to full tuition and mandatory fees, but the award does not cover expenses such as room and board, books, supplies and other living expenses—which can be costly. You should pursue as many additional scholarship opportunities as possible to help cover these extra costs.
Search for local Indiana scholarships, as well as national scholarships. Many free scholarship search sites are available online to help you search for national scholarships. You can find more information about financial aid and scholarships here.
As you conduct your search, keep a running list of scholarships for which you’re eligible. Many applications require an essay or personal statement, so start thinking about essay topics and creative ways to approach personal statements.
Once you’ve applied for several scholarships—either local or national—log in to ScholarTrack and answer a few questions to complete the requirement.
GRADE 11 SCHOLAR SUCCESS GUIDE
Download a PDF of the Grade 11 Scholar Success Guide here.