21st Century Scholars > Students > High School > Grade 11 Students

Scholars in the class of 2017 or later must participate in the Scholar Success Program to receive the 21st Century Scholarship. Scholars in the class of 2016 or earlier are not required to complete the Scholar Success Program but are encouraged to do so. Please review the 21st Century Scholar Requirement Summary below for more information.

In 11th grade, you must visit one or more college campuses, sign up to take the ACT and/or SAT college entrance exam, and search for additional scholarships.

Scholar Success Program Activities

In 11th grade, your Scholar Success Program requirements will put you on the right track as you complete a college campus visit, take the ACT or SAT college entrance exam, and search for additional scholarships.

  • College Visit
  • College Entrance Exam
  • Scholarship Search

21st Century Scholar Requirement Summary

Current Grade Level / Graduation Year

Scholar Success Program

High School Cumulative GPA

Core 40 Diploma

Annual FAFSA Filing

Financial Means Testing

College Enrollment

Guaranteed Full Tuition

Scholarship Expiration

Enrolled as a Scholar BEFORE 6-30-11

 11 (Class of 2016)






 Within 1 Year


8 years

  • Scholar Success Program: 21st Century Scholars must participate in the Scholar Success Program that helps them plan, prepare and pay for college, as defined by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, beginning July 1, 2013.
  • High School Cumulative GPA: Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) required upon graduating from high school to be eligible for 21st Century Scholarship.
  • Core 40 Diploma: 21st Century Scholars must graduate from high school with a Core 40 diploma. Scholars are highly encouraged to pursue a Core 40 diploma with Academic Honors or Technical Honors to increase students’ level of academic preparation and to ensure the widest range of options after high school graduation.
  • Annual FAFSA Filing: 21st Century Scholars must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on an annual basis beginning with their senior year of high school, even during years they are not enrolled in a postsecondary institution.
  • Financial Means Testing: If “Yes,” the Scholar’s Expected Family Contribution (EFC) will be evaluated annually based on information provided on the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Scholars who do not demonstrate financial need will receive a one-time award of up to $2,500 if the student has not previously received the 21st Century Scholarship.
  • College Enrollment: Scholars must enroll as a full-time student at an eligible Indiana higher education institution within one year of high school graduation.
  • Guaranteed Full Tuition: If “Yes,” Scholar will receive up to four years of full tuition at an Indiana public college or a comparable amount at a private institution. If “No,” 21st Century Scholarship amount may be adjusted based on available state funds.
  • Scholarship Expiration: Scholarship funds must be used within eight (8) years from the time a student first activates the 21st Century Scholarship. Note that the total scholarship amount is limited to the equivalent of four years (eight semesters) of full-time college attendance.