21st Century Scholars > About > The Pledge About

In exchange for college tuition and free support services, 21st Century Scholars make a commitment to excellence in school and in life. 21st Century Scholars pledge to:

  • Complete the Scholar Success Program, which includes activities at each grade level in high school to help me plan, prepare and pay for college.
  • Graduate from a state-accredited high school with a minimum of a Core 40 diploma and a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Not use illegal drugs, commit a crime or delinquent act, or consume alcohol before reaching the legal drinking age.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 10 as a high school senior and each year thereafter until I graduate from college.
  • Apply to an eligible Indiana college as a high school senior, and enroll in college as a full-time student within one year of high school graduation.
  • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards established by my college. 
  • Complete 30 credit hours each year I am in college to stay on track toward earning my degree on time.

Scholars who miss deadlines or otherwise fail to fulfill their pledges have the right to submit an appeal. Learn more about high school requirements and resources for Scholars, including the senior scholarship checklist.

Keeping the Scholar Pledge in College

Once in college, 21st Century Scholars must meet certain requirements to continue receiving the 21st Century Scholarship. College Scholars must:

  • Enroll in an eligible Indiana college or university within one year after high school graduation.
  • Make Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) each semester. Every college or university publishes its own SAP requirements, including number of credit hours completed, grade point average (GPA) and other requirements related to completing college on time.
  • Meet State of Indiana academic requirements as a sophomore, junior and senior.
  • Remain enrolled as a full-time student (12 credit hours per semester) each semester that the Scholarship is received. The Scholarship is valid for up to eight semesters (or the equivalent at a trimester or quarter school). The 21st Century Scholarship is not available during summer terms. State financial aid, including the 21st Century Scholarship, must be used within eight years of the date the student first receives state financial aid.