21st Century Scholars > Students > Middle School > Eligibility Students

Indiana's 7th and 8th grade students can apply for the 21st Century Scholars Program if their families meet the eligibility guidelines below.  Student not admitted into the Program can reapply the following year, but—with the exception of students in foster care—all students must apply by June 30 of their 8th grade year.

General Requirements

To apply for the 21st Century Scholars Program you must:

  • Be a resident of Indiana, both when you apply and when you receive the scholarship (determined by the residency of your parent or legal guardian).
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. Read the citizenship qualifications for details..
  • Be enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade at a public school, charter school, freeway school or other Indiana school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. Children in Foster Care may apply after the 8th grade.  Homeschooled students are not eligible for the 21st Century Scholars Program.
  • Fulfill the 21st Century Scholars Pledge.
  • Be one of the following:
    • A member of a family at or below the 2013-14 income maximums. (See below.)
    • Placed in foster care.

Income Requirements

Scholars’ families must be at or below the 2013-14 income maximums at the time they apply (except for students placed in foster care). If a Scholar’s family’s financial situation improves by the time the Scholar enrolls in college and claims the scholarship, the scholarship amount may be reduced based on the family's ability to contribute to the student's college education.

Household Size
Maximum Annual Income
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 or more For each additional person, add $7,437