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30 years and Counting: How to Claim Your 21st Century Scholar Award Cost Featured 

30 years and Counting: How to Claim Your 21st Century Scholar Award

For 30 years, Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program has helped income-eligible students earn up to four years of tuition at an eligible Indiana college. Since 1990, more than 40,000 students have earned a college degree with a 21st Century Scholarship. Nearly 100,000 students are enrolled—from seventh graders through seniors in college—in the program today. “Students who may question their ability to afford higher education can have that barrier removed by their participation in the Scholars program and successful completion of the supports that are designed to prepare them for their…

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Searching for Scholarships? Here’s Where to Look Cost 

Searching for Scholarships? Here’s Where to Look

Need money for college? Millions of dollars in scholarships are awarded every year—and not just to students with perfect GPAs or outstanding athletic talent. Even if you get state or federal aid, additional scholarships—even small ones—can ease the financial stress of books, fees, study abroad or living expenses. The key is to look a lot, in a lot of places. Here’s where to find scholarships that can help reduce your out-of-pocket college expenses: Start local. Your first stop should be your school counseling office, which will have many resources for…

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What We Learned About Online Learning in 2020 College 

What We Learned About Online Learning in 2020

Last year at this time, you might never have even considered what it would be like to do high school at home. Now, we all know it’s possible—and that it might be necessary again. Here’s what we know now: Remote learning takes self-discipline. Get on a schedule, stay on the schedule and force yourself to stay on task. When you finish your day, get some fresh air and exercise. Don’t cheat. Most of us will have to keep learning our whole lives. You might as well try to learn the…

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How Will I Know If Something’s Wrong? College 

How Will I Know If Something’s Wrong?

Sometimes things don’t go our way or bad and unexpected things happen. It’s normal to get upset or sad during upsetting times, but if you feel that your friend isn’t responding normally it might mean that there’s something more serious going on. The National Alliance for Mental Illness ( wants you to know about these signs: Withdrawing from social activities or appearing down for more than 2 weeks. This could mean crying regularly, feeling tired all the time or not wanting to hang out anymore.  Self-harming actions such as cutting or…

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What if I’m not sure about college? College 

What if I’m not sure about college?

This is more common than you think. When I was entering college, I did not truly know what I wanted to study or even do after college. My first piece of advice would be to connect with your college advisor (when you get one) and let him/her know what your passions are, which will then lead into creating goals for yourself in college. Your hobbies can possibly become a career for you so definitely keep an open mind in college. My next piece of advice would be to get involved…

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Making a college bucket list is your license to dream big and make a note of everything you hope to experience in your journey through college. Check out this list of ideas for inspiration—then get inventive and craft your own! Engage on Campus Write for a campus publication Take a class you’re interested in just for fun Complete an honors thesis Schedule coffee with a professor Join, lead or start your own campus organization “Working at the student newspaper, even if you aren’t a journalism major, provides a deep understanding…

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Take the SAT or ACT College 

Take the SAT or ACT

Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch can also take the SAT and ACT for free. Ask your school counselor for more information. Learn more about the SAT at Learn more about the ACT at Test Optional? Among the many events cancelled in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic were SAT and ACT exams in the spring of 2020. Many colleges were already moving to becoming test-optional and many more removed testing requirements for applicants through at least 2021. Check with colleges you plan to apply to…

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21st Century Scholar Support Specialist College 

21st Century Scholar Support Specialist

Brandi Lambertson 2020 Graduate, Ball State University In 2020, Brandi Lambertson graduated from Ball State University with a double major in Entrepreneurial Management and Marketing. She was president of Ball State’s Collegiate Entrepreneurs’ Organization and was named the outstanding graduate for the Entrepreneurial Management Major. She also works for Ball State, as a 21st Century Scholar Support Specialist. A graduate student usually has that position, but Lambertson was chosen as an undergraduate by the AmeriCorps program and Ball State because of her unique qualifications. To this day, she enjoys helping…

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Day in the Life of a College Student College Featured 

Day in the Life of a College Student

Tyra Baker was in her senior year at IUPUI studying psychology with minors in International Studies and Culture Diversity when she landed an internship at the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. As an intern, she wrote a blog post for Learn More Indiana, which has been edited here for Next Indiana. Wake Up Call! My day starts at 6:30 or 7 a.m., depending on my class and work schedule. I get up, make breakfast of either oatmeal or eggs and make a delicious cup of French roast coffee to wake…

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Vote! College 


Young voters are an important part of our election process. You can make an impact on your community, the state of Indiana and our nation by participating in the 2020 election. 3 Things to Know About Voting General Election Day is November 3, 2020. You have the right to vote in Indiana if: You are both a U.S. citizen and a resident of Indiana; and You will be at least 18 years of age on or before the next General or Municipal Election, and You are not currently in prison…

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Buzzwords: College College 

Buzzwords: College

Starting college can feel like you’re learning a new language. Some terms you need to know: Academic Advisor A counselor or designated individual who has been formally trained to counsel students regarding academic choices. Your advisor’s advice will enable you to enroll in the courses that best support your academic goals. Accreditation Accreditation is the endorsement by a third party of an institution’s quality of education. A school’s accreditation determines its eligibility to receive federal (Title IV) and state financial aid. Proper accreditation is also important for the acceptance and…

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Looking Back at Senior Year, Looking Forward to What’s Next College 

Looking Back at Senior Year, Looking Forward to What’s Next

The students on our cover are all unique, yet they share a common bond as 2020 graduates of Indiana high schools. Meet Noah, Kiara and Ali. Noah Jager High School: Bloomington South High SchoolPost-high school plan: Playing basketball and serving at the United States Military Academy at West Point Q: What were some of your best moments of senior year? A: My favorite moments were playing the lead role of “Beast” in “Beauty and the Beast,” being the captain of the basketball team, and participating in a Riley Dance Marathon….

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Warehouse Jobs Offer Opportunities to Grow—and to Help the World Career 

Warehouse Jobs Offer Opportunities to Grow—and to Help the World

After graduating from high school, Tyler Grubbs and Grant Morrison landed warehouse jobs at Roche, a multinational healthcare company with operations in Indianapolis. Both work as material handlers—jobs with critical importance to the distribution of Roche’s COVID-19 diagnostic test and Roche’s new antibody test for COVID-19 throughout the United States. Where did you go to high school? Tyler: Lawrence North High School. I loved high school. I played soccer all four years. Through that I made some lifelong friends who are still my best friends today. I was in an…

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Is This for Me? Career 

Is This for Me?

Find Out More About Joining the Military Benefits like college and career opportunities—not to mention possible travel and adventure—make the military a great option for service-minded men and women. Make sure you investigate all the possible avenues, including ROTC programs on many college campuses. Army There are more than 150 job categories, in everything from science, intelligence, combat and the law within the U.S. Army. Learn more at Air Force If you meet the criteria for joining, you’ll automatically receive hands-on training and college credits toward an associate degree….

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From classroom to career Career 

From classroom to career

How will you make the transition? Getting into the world of work is key to knowing what you want to do and getting the experience you need to impress your future employer.A part-time or summer job is the perfect place to start. You can earn money for college or to help with expenses now, as well as pick up on work skills that all employers want, such as being on time and problem-solving. Take it a step further by: job shadowing and conducting informational interviews with professionals in careers that…

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Environmental Activist Career 

Environmental Activist

Ethyl Ruehman Student, Indiana University NorthwestHometown: Portage, Indiana In 2019, Ruehman attended climate leadership training in Minnesota and organized a youth climate rally in her hometown upon returning home. The rally attracted more than 150 people near Lake Michigan’s eroding shoreline. The strong response inspired Ruehman to create the Northwest Indiana Youth Climate Council to empower local youth who share her concern for the environment. She was named a Hoosier Resilience Hero in 2020 by the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute. What did you do after graduating from high school? I had…

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Help Build a Better World Career 

Help Build a Better World

In 2017, Google’s Chief Executive Officer Jaime Casap offered good advice for young career seekers: “Don’t ask kids what they want to be when they grow up but what problems do they want to solve. This changes the conversation from who do I want to work for, to what do I need to learn to be able to do that.” He brings up a good point about why people like to work. Studies show finding a bigger purpose is an important part of job satisfaction. A 2016 survey* of adult…

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What About My Future and the COVID-19 Pandemic? Career 

What About My Future and the COVID-19 Pandemic?

We all have a lot of questions about the future. The COVID-19 pandemic quickly changed our daily lives and altered the way we live, work and play. While being socially distanced in 2020, we have found ways to stay connected and work together safely to continue moving forward. We can—and will—navigate the future. As a high school student, the best thing you can do for your future is be prepared to learn—in the classroom or through distance education—and take advantage of the opportunities that come your way. That was true…

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What Should I Do Next? Career 

What Should I Do Next?

As you enter the final semesters of high school, take steps to find a new career direction. Unsure? Some ways to narrow down the possibilities: What Do You Like to Do?By now, you know what subjects you like and which ones you’d happily never take again, (although you’ll still likely encounter basic subjects like math, writing or world languages in apprenticeships or college). Maybe you’ve already identified your super power—you are great with people or find working with numbers both easy and interesting. Play to your strengths. If you love…

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Take Note Featured 

Take Note

Are you a good note taker? I was not. I am much better now. I probably would have done better in school, had I known how to take notes. Here are four ways to take notes and the reasons they are or are not effective. Perhaps most important though is what to take notes of. If these don’t work for you, check out College Info Geek’s How to Take Better Notes, and be ready for the new semester.

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