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21st Century Scholars

21st Century Scholarship Information

The 21st Century Scholars program was established in 1990 to increase students’ aspirations for and access to higher education. The Scholars program provides income-eligible students the opportunity to earn a scholarship that covers up to four years of tuition and regularly assessed fees. The 21st Century Scholars program supports students and their families by providing them with the tools they need to prepare for college, graduate on time and start toward a successful career path. The scholarship is awarded on an annual basis. It does not cover the cost of books and supplies or room and board. Scholars are provided resources and support to help them learn how to pay for additional college expenses.

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Who can enroll as a scholar?

To be eligible for the 21st Century Scholars program, students must:

  • Be Indiana residents.
  • Be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens.
  • Be enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade at an Indiana school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education.
  • Meet income eligibility requirements.
  • Take the 21st Century Scholar Pledge.

Students must enroll by June 30th of their 8th grade year!


What is the Scholar Pledge?

  • I will graduate with a minimum of a Core 40 diploma from a state-accredited Indiana high school.
  • I will complete the Scholar Success Program that helps me stay on track for college and career success.
  • I will achieve a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • I will not use illegal drugs or alcohol or commit a crime or delinquent act. 
  • I will apply for admission to an eligible Indiana college my senior year of high school.
  • I will file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by April 15 as a high school senior and each year thereafter until college graduation.
  • I will complete at least 30 credit hours each year in college to stay on track to earn my degree on time.
  • I will maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards established by my college.

What does the Scholar Success Program look like in high school?


Scholar Success Program


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Financial Means Testing

Enrollment Flyer

Scholar Track User Guide

Video: How to Create Scholar Track Account

Video: 21st Century Scholars Alumni Video