*The scholarship amount may be reduced depending on the availability of funds and the availability of the student’s family to contribute to college.

Please note: Enrollment in the 21st Century Program occurs in 7th and 8th grade. After a student complete 8th grade, he or she cannot enroll in the 21st century program, unless he or she is a student in foster care. There are no exceptions.

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To apply for the 21st Century Scholars Program your student must:

  • Be a resident of Indiana, both when applying and when receiving the scholarship (determined by the residency of the parent or legal guardian).
  • Be one of the following:
    • U.S. citizen or U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain’s Island)
    • U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C (Alien Registration Receipt Card)
    • A non-citizen with one of the following designations:
      • Refugee
      • Asylum Granted
      • Indefinite Parole and/or Humanitarian Parole
      • Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending
  • Be enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade at an Indiana public or private 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.
  • Be a member of a family that meets the income eligibility guidelines. A student in foster care does not need to meet this requirement. (Household Size / Maximum Annual Income)
    • 2 / $29,637
    • 3 / $37,296
    • 4 / $44,955
    • 5 / $52,614
    • 6 / $60,273
    • 7 or more / Add $7,696 for each additional person

Additional Requirements:

  • +Academics – All Scholars must earn a cumulative (overall) high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Strive to do your best in every class to make sure you stay on track to succeed. Remember, the higher your GPA, the more college choices you’ll have. Good grades can also earn you other scholarships that will pay for college costs not covered by your 21st Century Scholarship (such as books and living expenses).
  • Complete the Scholar Success Program – This is described in more detail above or can be found online at scholars.in.gov
  • Graduate with a Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors, or Core 40 with Technical Honors diploma – earning a general diploma will disqualify you from earning this scholarship.
  • Commit to The Pledge

The Pledge

“I pledge to 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 and apply on time for student financial aid. As a college student I will complete at least 30 credit hours each year to stay on track toward earning my degree on time. I aim to succeed.”

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