Programs & Opportunities

Guidance Office Special Programs & Opportunities

A myriad of unique opportunities and special programs are available to Scottsburg High School students. For more information about any of the programs listed here, contact the Guidance Department.

DAR Good Citizen’s Program

The DAR Good Citizen’s Program and Scholarship Contest is intended to encourage and reward the qualities of good citizenship. This program is open to all senior class students enrolled in accredited public or private secondary schools that are in good standing with the State Board of Education. United States citizenship is not a requirement. The student selected as the school’s DAR Good Citizen must be outstanding in the qualities of dependability (which includes truthfulness, loyalty, and punctuality), service (which includes cooperation, courtesy, and consideration of others), leadership (which includes personality, self-control, and ability to assume responsibility), and patriotism (which includes unselfish interest in family, school, community and nation).

Hoosier Boys’ State and Hoosier Girls’ State

These two programs are sponsored by the American Legion. Students who are selected for this one-week, all-expense paid stay on a college campus much have demonstrated interest in government, leadership, character, honesty and academic achievement. These students will have the opportunity to learn about the Indiana State government and political system. They will learn about our democratic way of life and, hopefully, realize their own potential for making a better America in their future. Nominees for this summer program are selected in the spring; if you are interested, contact guidance.

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Program

This three-day conference held at Butler University and sponsored by the Kiwanis Club, provides students the opportunity to learn about positive leadership skills and to meet with community leaders. Seminars and hands-on activities are used to assist students in gaining self-confidence and to practice skills necessary for future success.

Indiana State University

1. The Department of Theater hosts a Theater Workshop Day for high school students and their teachers in addition to black theater, regular workshop offerings include acting, directing, playwriting, musical theater, auditions, make-up, stage management, and stage combat and theater technology.

2. Twenty-First Century Summer Program-- This two-week program is free to fifty scholars selected to attend. It introduces Twenty-First Century Scholars to campus life, provides career development, and orients students in general.

3. The A+ Experience-- Indiana State University provides the A+ Experience program for sophomores with a B average an opportunity to attend a mock classroom and participate in information sessions such as preparing for college and study survival skills.

4. Summer Honors-- In this one-week summer program, students select seminars they would like to attend at ISU. Students have the opportunity earn college credits, experience college-level courses, experience campus life, meet new people, explore their own academic interests by selecting a variety of seminars for different contents. 

National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine

Students who are promising future physicians may attend one of ten extensive programs in Boston, Chicago, Houston, San Francisco, or Washington D.C. for eleven days. This first-hand experience in a motivating and challenging environment will allow participants to examine state of the art diagnostic tools and future medical specialties in detail.

National Youth Leadership Forum on Law

This program is dedicated to the early recognition of our nation’s most promising young people. It is held in Washington, D.C. and reaches out to high school juniors and seniors who exhibit academic excellence, leadership skills, and an interest in the field of law.

Presidential Classroom

Students spend a week in Washington, D.C. observing the federal government at work, witnessing the development of public policy and exploring the roles of citizens, lawmakers, experts, associations, and businesses in the world’s most successful democracy.

Purdue University

1. The Expanding Your Horizons in Mathematics and Science conference is a one day program for girls in grades 6-9. The purpose of the conference is to build an awareness of the value of math and science for the girls’ personal and professional futures. The girls will have an opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops presented by women from the community who use math and/or science in their professions.

2. Women in Engineering Career Day is a one-day program for juniors in high school showing an interest in mathematics and sciences. Students will have the opportunity to meet engineering students, professors, and practicing women engineers.

3. Project Future—this provides a one-day hands-on experience in a college classroom focusing on science, business, and education careers in natural resources, food, and agriculture.

4. Seminars for Top Engineering Prospects—The Schools of Engineering STEP program gives students an opportunity to look into educational and career opportunities in engineering while attending an enjoyable week on Purdue’s West Lafayette campus.

5. Spring Fest—The Purdue University’s Schools of Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Science and Consumer and Family Sciences Spring Fest offers opportunities to learn about agriculture, veterinary medicine, Science, Food Safety, Infants, Toddlers and their parents.

6. Computer Graphics Camp includes a week-long program focused in: Computer Animation, 3D Solid and Surface Molding, Development Technical Illustration, Computer Game development, and much more. 

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

1. The Rose-Hulman Chapter of the Society of Engineers hosts the Women Exploring Engineering two-day program to inform female juniors and seniors of the options in engineering. The program includes informational sessions about majors and careers, hands-on activities, guest speakers, and a night’s stay on campus.

2. Operation Catapult is a three-week summer program conducted for juniors who have an interest in engineering, physics, chemistry, or mathematics. Students will not receive a grade but will receive two quarter hours of college credit.

Indiana University Bloomington 

1. High School Journalism Institute: Students enjoy an interactive and immersive learning experience by attending a workshops to improve their media skills and better their understanding of journalism over the course of a 10-day period. Students have an opportunity to stay on IU's campus and attend workshops taught by professionals in the world of journalism. For more information about this opportunity Click here .

2. Science Outreach at IU lists five programs offered for high school students interested in pursuing a passion in science or math. Those programs include:
Foundations in Science and Math
Indiana Junior Academy of Science
Indiana University PEPP Earthquake Science Institute
Project STEM
Science Olympiad 
Click here to learn more about these five opportunities at IU!

Skirball Essay Contest

Participants will gain by thinking about their roles as young citizens of the U.S.A. and putting their thoughts on paper. Awards of over $2,000 may be awarded for their writing on specified topics.

21st Century Scholars Program

The 21st Century Scholars Program was established to reduce the number of students dropping out of high school, to increase the number of students prepared to enter the work force, to increase the number of low-income students entering higher education institutions, to decrease drug and alcohol abuse, to increase economic productivity, and to improve the overall quality of life for Indiana residents. Money is committed for tuition scholarships for post-secondary public and private institution education in Indiana.

Youth for Youth Conference

Provides students grades 9-12 the opportunity to show leadership, gain knowledge, network with other students from around the state and to demonstrate a belief in a drug-free society.