Conference to assist High School seniors’ transition to college.

Conference to assist High School seniors’ transition to college.

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One out of ten 21st Century Scholars graduates from college on time. Only three out of ten graduate at all. These are startling statistics, but ones that can be changed through focused planning and preparation.

A June conference being held in Marion will offer just that kind of assistance – helping 21st Century Scholars prepare for their post-secondary educations. The Scholar Bridge Conference will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 13th, at the Marion Ivy Tech Community College campus, 261 Commerce Drive. The conference is free. Scholars are encouraged to attend with a parent, guardian or mentor.

Whether students plan to attend a four-year college, a two-year college or a certificate program, the conference is designed to help plan for success. Key subjects that will be covered include perseverance, time management and financial literacy. The program will include discussion panels with current post-secondary Scholars sharing their college experiences and advice.

Lunch will be provided to all who attend. Scholars in attendance will also receive a free college survival kit and will be register for door prize drawings.

The Scholar Bridge Conference is being coordinated locally by Project Leadership in partnership with the Indiana Youth Institute, Ivy Tech and USA Funds.

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program promises four years of free college tuition to low-income students who pledge to graduate from high school, achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, agree not to use illegal drugs or alcohol or commit a crime and apply to an eligible Indiana college or technical school.

For more information about the Scholar Bridge Conference, or to obtain a registration form, call Project Leadership at (765) 651-0650.

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