Complete your understanding of the 21st Century Scholars Program with the detailed questions and answers below. Answers to more specific questions are always available by calling the Scholars Helpline at 1-888-528-4719 or by emailing Scholars@che.IN.gov.

1. What if my household income changes between the time of enrollment and graduation?

Once enrolled, an increase in household income will not affect a student's eligibility to participate in the 21st Century Scholars Program. However, an increase in household income may alter the amount of the student’s 21st Century Scholarship award for students who enrolled in the Program after June 30, 2011.

2. I am enrolled in the 21st Century Scholars Program and will be repeating a grade or will be skipping a grade. Do I need to inform the Program of the change in my grade level?

Yes, changes in a student's grade level need to be reported to the 21st Century Scholars Program by the guidance counselor or other approved school personnel from the school the student attends.

3. As a 21st Century Scholar, must I achieve a certain Grade Point Average (GPA) in high school?

21st Century Scholars must meet cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements to receive the 21st Century Scholarship. The Indiana state legislature changed GPA requirements effective June 30, 2011.

For students who enrolled in the Program after June 30, 2011, the GPA requirement is 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.5 when they graduate in order to receive the Scholarship.

For students who enrolled in the Program prior to June 30, 2011, the GPA requirement is 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. Students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 when they graduate in order to receive the Scholarship.

4. If I fail a course in high school, causing my GPA to fall below 2.5 for a semester, will I lose the Scholarship?

The Scholarship depends only on your cumulative (overall) Grade Point Average (GPA). If your GPA falls below requirements for one or more semesters, you may still receive the Scholarship if your cumulative GPA meets requirements.

5. Can I use the Scholarship if I graduate high school early?

Yes. You must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and an Affirmation Form before the March deadline of your final year in high school in order to activate the award early. You should also inform the Scholars program of your plans by contacting the 21st Century Scholars office at 1-888-528-4719 or Scholars@che.IN.gov.

6. Are there any events or activities I am required to attend as a high school student enrolled in the 21st Century Scholars Program?

Starting in Fall 2013, students who enrolled in the 21st Century Scholars Program after June 30, 2011 will be required to participate in the Scholar Success Program. Scholars who enrolled prior to June 30, 2011 are strongly encouraged to complete the Scholar Success Program, too, to plan, prepare and pay for college completion and career success. The Scholar Success Program is currently under development and will be announced on the 21st Century Scholars website in Spring 2013.

Additionally, events and activities are offered specifically for 21st Century Scholars in all regions of the state. Some events are mandatory for high school seniors completing the affirmation process (the Senior Promise). While these events are not mandatory, Scholars are strongly encouraged to take advantage of opportunities in their communities.

Check the events calendar on the Scholars homepage for events in your community, and be sure to read your email and check for mail from the 21st Century Scholars Program.

7. I believe I may have broken the Scholar Pledge. Is it my responsibility to report this potential pledge violation to the program?

Yes. It is the responsibility of a Scholar student and/or the student’s parent to report potential pledge violations to the program as soon as they become aware of the violation.

Potential pledge violations should be reported to:

21st Century Scholars
402 West Washington Street, Room W462
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Reports should include the full name of the Scholar, a description of the potential violation and an original signature of the person making the report.

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