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.
No. If you earn a GED, Indiana High School Equivalency Certificate, or complete a home schooling program you are not eligible to receive the 21st Century Scholarship. You must graduate with a diploma from an eligible high school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education (as agreed to in the Scholar Pledge).
Yes. As a senior in high school, you need to complete an Affirmation Form and a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Both the Affirmation Form and the FAFSA must be completed and submitted by the state deadline of March 10.
There will be various activities and events offered to high school students enrolled in the program that are strongly encouraged, and some will be mandatory. 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.
Yes, 21st Century Scholars who enrolled in the Program before June 30, 2011 and who will graduate in 2013 or 2014 must earn a cumulative high school GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
21st Century Scholars who will graduate after 2014 must earn a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
If you are graduating during 2014 but you are graduating early (fewer than eight semesters of high school) or late (more than eight semesters), please contact the 21st Century Scholars Program office to determine which GPA requirement applies to you. The office can be reached at 1-888-528-4719 or by emailing 21stScholars@sfa.che.in.gov.
The Program requires that the overall (or cumulative) high school GPA for high school seniors graduating in 2013 to be 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Therefore, a current senior 21st Century Scholar will remain eligible if he or she graduates high school with an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale; even if his or her high school GPA has fallen below 2.0 on a 4.0 scale sometime during his or her high school career.
Yes. It is the responsibility of a Scholar student and/or his/her 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.