Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program began in 1990 to ensure that every Hoosier student can afford the opportunity provided by a college degree. Today, eligible students who keep the Scholar Pledge to excellence in school and life receive a Scholarship to help pay for their college education.
Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program offers income-eligible Hoosier students up to four years of paid tuition at an eligible Indiana college or university after they graduate from high school. In middle and high school, 21st Century Scholars are connected to programs and resources to help them plan, prepare, and pay for college. Once in college, Scholars receive support to complete their college degrees and connect to career opportunities.
Becoming a 21st Century Scholar
7th and 8th grade Indiana students whose families meet income eligibility guidelines can apply to become a 21st Century Scholar. Applications must be received by June 30 of the student’s 8th grade year. Students may apply online, or through a local school or nonprofit organization that has agreed to submit online applications on behalf of eligible students.
Succeeding in School
While in high school, 21st Century Scholars are expected to complete a Scholar Success Program that helps them plan, prepare and pay for college completion. Three required activities each year help Scholars stay on track to graduate high school and earn a college degree. Participation in the Scholar Success Program is recommended for all Indiana students and required for 21st Century Scholars who start high school in the fall of 2013 or later.
The final step in the 21st Century Scholars Program is to complete college successfully and enter a career pathway. Scholars continue to receive support in college as they plan their path to a degree, prepare for success in the workplace and pay for college with the 21st Century Scholarship. Learn more about the Scholar Success Program in college, or read about academic requirements for students in college.
Read our FAQs for answers to common questions, including how to check enrollment status, finding eligible colleges and more. Learn more about the Program by reading about one of our featured Scholars. Like all Scholars, these talented students face real hurdles to completing college—but they have the determination and knowledge to succeed.