Twenty-First Century Scholars Program

Application Information

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Amount Awarded


Application Deadline

June 30, 2020

Awarded By

Indiana Commission for Higher Education

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 number of awards offered varies annually based on the number of qualified applicants. In prior years, there were 18,264 scholarships awarded.

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).

Deadline Info

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 ava ... sign up for full scholarship deadline information.

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