Class of 2021 Calendar


Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Juniors that turned in a signed opt in form will take the ACT for free on February 25th.  This is a fantastic opportunity for our college-bound juniors to take a college entrance exam for free!

  • Please remember to be at school on time this day.
  • Eat a good breakfast and get plenty of sleep the night before the exam.
  • Free online ACT prep is available at ACT Test Prep.

There is NO MAKE UP TEST DATE.  If you show up late or do not show up that day, you will have to pay for and take the test when it is offered on a Saturday.

LEDA Scholars Program

Deadline:  December 11, 2019 by 11:59 PM PST

Eligibility Requirements:  Must be from a low-income background, first-generation college students are given extra consideration, and must be US citizen, Permanent Resident or have been granted DACA status. Student must also have an unweighted GPA of 3.6 and class ranking within the top 10% of the high school class plus scores above the national average on the PSAT, SAT, PLAN and/or ACT.

Each year, 100 high school juniors are selected to participate in the LEDA Scholars Program. The program provides leadership training, writing instruction, standardized test preparation and highly personalized guidance to students as they navigate the application and admissions process at the most competitive colleges.

Additional information and application available online:  LEDA

The Coolidge Scholarship

Deadline:  January 16, 2020 by 5:00 PM EST

Amount:  Full-ride, merit scholarship to any accredited university in the US that covers tuition, room, board & expenses for four years.

Eligibility Requirements:  Must currently be a high school junior planning to enroll in college in the fall of 2021. Must be a US citizen or legal permanent resident.

The main criteria the committee is looking for is academic excellence. Other criteria include a demonstrated interest in public policy, an appreciation for the values President Coolidge championed, humility and service.

Apply online:  2020 Coolidge Scholarship

USC Bovard Scholars Program

Deadline:  January 17, 2020 by 5:00 PM PST

Eligibility Requirements:  Current junior in high school, 4.0 GPA or higher, enrolled in Algebra II, Trigonometry or above, and demonstrate financial need.

If selected, scholars will receive one full year of support through the admissions cycle & spend 3 weeks on the USC campus, where they will receive:

  • Personalized career exploration
  • Expert admission and financial aid support
  • Comprehensive test preparation
  • Leadership development

Program Dates:  July 12, 2020 – August 1, 2020 (Program is offered at no cost to students. USC pays for transportation to and from campus for students outside of Southern California.)

Additional information and application available online:  USC Bovard Scholars

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Deadline:  January 17, 2020

Amount:  $10,000

Eligibility Requirements:  Open to all US high school students in grades 9-12.

Essays must be a minimum of 700 words but no more than 1,000 words. Must include 5 listed sources. Essay must describe an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917. Can be someone who has served at the local, state or national level. Certain individuals may NOT be chosen for your essay. See the online eligibility & requirements section for more info.

Apply online:  JFK Profile in Courage Essay 

Hoosier Girls State

Deadline:  February 1, 2020

Hoosier Girls State is an amazing experience to participate in a “government in action” program with other high school girls throughout the state of Indiana.  If selected, students attend a week-long program in the summer where they learn in depth about the government, the three branches and how it actually works in practice.

Cost is $35 non-refundable application fee which must be included with your application. Additional program costs are covered by our local American Legion Auxiliary Unit.

Eligibility Requirements:  Must be able to participate in their summer program from June 21, 2020-June 27, 2020 at Trine University in Angola, IN. Student is responsible for transportation to and from the university.

Interested students need to speak with their counselor ASAP.

More information is available online at www.aladeptin.org

Duke Summer Academy

Deadline:  April 15, 2020

Duke Summer Academy is a three week certificate program that allows students in grades 9-12 to explore academic topics, improve their communication, presentation & self-awareness skills while experiencing a college atmosphere during the summer. Different classes are offered each term. Classes are listed here.

  • Term 1:  June 14 – July 3, 2020
  • Term 2:  July 12 – July 31, 2020

Eligibility Requirements:  Must currently be enrolled in grades 9-12.  Program is looking for students with strong character, a commitment to service, and a history of academic excellence.

Application and additional program information (including cost) are available at Duke Summer Academy for High School Students.

Duke Summer College

Deadline:  April 15, 2020

The Duke Summer College program is seeking well-rounded, academically-motivated students who want to participate in an authentic college experience during the summer.

Eligibility Requirements:  Must currently be in grades 10-12 and at least 16 years old.  Looking for applicants with strong character, a commitment to service, and a history of academic excellence.

Application must include an essay, resume, high school transcript with test scores, and a teacher letter of recommendation.

Application and additional program information (including cost) available at Duke University Summer Session.

Gettysburg College Summer Programs

Deadline:  May 1, 2020

Gettysburg College offers several week long programs each year to sophomores and juniors that are interested in experiencing college life and gaining knowledge and skills in specific areas.

Summer programs offered during 2020 are:

  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp
  • Build a Bot and Code It Too
  • Camp Psych
  • Civil War Era Studies Camp
  • Young Writers’ Workshop
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference – Scholarship is available for this program.

For additional information and applications, please visit their website, Gettysburg College Summer Programs.

Academic & Technical Honors Diploma Candidates

If your student is on track to get an Academic or Technical Honors Diploma, they must create a Scholar Track account at https://scholartrack.che.in.gov/.

    • This is a new tracking system for the state to determine if the student is eligible for any financial aid incentive related to the honors diploma.  Schools will verify diploma types and GPAs after graduation, using this system.
    • 21st Century Scholars will already have a Scholar Track account and do NOT need to create a new one for the honors diploma.
    • Please have your student create an account.  It must be a STUDENT account, as a Parent account will not allow us to verify diploma types and GPAs for your student.

Information on the Laude system

The GCCS School Board voted in 2017 to move to a Laude system beginning with the Class of 2020.  This means that a group of students with exemplary grade point averages will be recognized, instead of a valedictorian/salutatorian system.  There will be three levels of recognition based on increasing GPA – see below.

Recognition GPA
Cum Laude 4.0 – 4.4 9
Magna Cum Laude 4.5 – 4.99
Summa Cum Laude 5.0 +

Planning to continue your education after high school? Need help paying for college?  Check out INvestEd!

INvestEd is a free resource for Hoosier students and parents looking for help with college planning and financial aid.  At INvestEd, we help families understand how to fund college wisely to help minimize potential education debt.



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