Twenty-First Century Scholars Program

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Amount
Awarded

$6,516

Awarded

Application Deadline

June 30

Tuesday
Awarded By:

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Number of Awards & Eligibility: The number of awards offered varies annually based on the number of qualified applicants. In prior years, there were 18,264 scholarships awarded.
In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:
  1. This award is for U.S. students.
  2. Must be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen.
  3. Must be enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade at a public school, charter school, freeway school, or other Indiana school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. Children in Foster Care may apply after the 8th grade. Homeschooled students are not eligible for the 21st Century Scholars Program.
  4. Must be a resident of Indiana, both at time of application and at time of receipt of the scholarship (determined by the residency of the student's parent or legal guardian).
  5. Must plan to attend an eligible Indiana college or university.
  6. Must be a member of a family that is at or below the established income maximums, OR be placed in foster care.

In order to qualify, students must meet the following criteria:

Description: This award is for Indiana middle school students who are planning to attend a college or university in Indiana. The student must be a member of a family at or below established income maximums, or be placed in foster care.

Application requirements for the Twenty-First Century Scholars Program are:

  • Application form
Additional Information: The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program began in 1990 as Indiana's way of raising the educational aspirations of low- and moderate-income families. The program aims to ensure that all Indiana families can afford a college education for their children. To receive the scholarship, the student must fulfill the requirements of the 21st Century Scholars Pledge. The Pledge has the following requirements: graduate with an Indiana High School Diploma from a state-accredited high school; participate in a Scholar Success Program that helps students plan, prepare and pay for college success; achieve a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale; not use illegal drugs or alcohol, or commit a crime or delinquent act; apply for admission to an eligible Indiana college or university as a high school senior; and apply on time for student financial aid (by March 10 of his/her senior year of high school).

Award Amount: Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed to receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. (Please note: The scholarship amount may be reduced depending on the availability of funds and the availability of the student's family to contribute to college.) If the student attends a private or an independent institution, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a public institution. If the student attends a participating proprietary (private career) school, the state will award a tuition scholarship equal to that of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.  The total dollars awarded for this scholarship is $6,516.

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Tuesday, June 30

Deadline Information:

Deadline for this scholarship is Tuesday, June 30

Applications are available online at the State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI) website. Before beginning the online application, the student should have the following information available: his/her Social Security number, date of birth, and address; his/her parent's or guardian's Social Security number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, if applicable; the previous year's taxable gross income amounts for all members of the household; and a valid email address. When applying, the student should expect to do the following: answer pre-enrollment questions; enter his/her contact information; agree to the 21st Century Scholars pledge; enter income information for parent or guardian; review and submit the application; and receive an email with an application summary and program enrollment information. Applications must be submitted by June 30 of the student's 8th grade year.
Contact: -
Address: 101 W. Ohio St. Suite 670 Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

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