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Learn What It Means to be a 21st Century Scholar

Indiana's 21st Century Scholars understand that they have to work hard to succeed in school and to stay on a path to complete college. In return for keeping a pledge to excellence in school and in life, the State of Indiana makes an investment in each Scholar's future by providing a generous college scholarship and free support services that help students plan, prepare and pay for education beyond high school.


Students are eligible to apply to the 21st Century Scholars program when they are in the 7th or 8th grade and if their families meet the income eligibility guidelines. Students must apply online by June 30 of their 8th grade year.

The Pledge

In return for keeping the Scholars Pledge and meeting the expectations of the Scholar Success Program throughout high school and college, the Commission for Higher Education commits to providing Scholars with up to four years of undergraduate tuition assistance at an eligible Indiana college or university, dependent on financial need. As a Scholar, you pledge to:

  • Complete the Scholar Success Program, which includes activities at each grade level in high school to help you 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 you graduate from college.
  • Apply to an eligible Indiana college as a high school senior, and enroll 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 you are in college to stay on track toward earning your degree on time.

Scholar Success Program

Scholars receive academic support every step of the way to help them graduate from high school and complete college. In high school, Scholars complete a Scholar Success Program with three required activities each year. These activities help Scholars learn about planning, preparing and paying for college so they are ready to succeed on a college campus.

Additionally, Scholars receive extra support from community partners and Regional Outreach staff, in high school and in college, including free tutoring, a mentor and other services designed to help them complete their college degrees.


Please refer to our frequently asked questions, or contact us, if you have questions about the 21st Century Scholars Program. You can also find information about filing an appeal if your application has been denied, or you can check your eligibility status or update your information with our online system.