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:

  • Graduate with at least a Core 40 Diploma from a high school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education.
  • Participate in the Scholar Success Program to help plan, prepare and pay for college success.
  • Achieve a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 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, university or proprietary institution as a high school senior.
  • Apply on time for state and federal student financial aid (by March 10 of their senior year of high school).

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.