By Shannon Elward, Indiana Commission for Higher Education

For 30 years, Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program has helped thousands of income-eligible students aspire to – and afford – a college education. Currently, around 100,000 students are enrolled across the state from 7th grade through college.

A national model for student success, the Scholars program has always had one goal in mind: get more Hoosiers into and through college. Scholars work hard in high school and college by keeping their grades up, avoiding drugs and alcohol, completing the Scholar Success Program (college and career readiness activities completed each year of high school and college), and staying on track to earn their degrees on time in college.

The Scholars program is more than just a list of requirements, though. It offers the potential to transform lives, and the payoffs are huge.

  • Scholars are eligible to receive: up to 100% of tuition for up to four years at an eligible Indiana college.
  • 21st Century Scholars are more likely to go to college than their low-income peers.
  • More than 40,000 low-income Hoosier students have earned a college degree with a 21st Century Scholarship, and each has a unique story to tell.
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First Lady Janet Holcomb and First Dog Henry joined 21st Century Scholar alumni at the Indiana Statehouse on February 11, 2020 to celebrate 30 years of student success.

Scholar alumni are living and working all over Indiana and throughout the United States and beyond. They work in every career field imaginable. From lawyers to PhD candidates to secret service agents – and everything in between – Scholar alumni are making their dreams come true. Many of them, right here in Indiana.

Indiana has made a promise to Scholars: work hard and stay on track and the state will invest in you to help you achieve your dreams. The first step to becoming a Scholar? Enroll. Visit for detailed enrollment information.

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Throughout 2020 we’ll be celebrating 30 years of success with the 21st Century Scholars program. Join us by visiting and using #ScholarsTurns30 all year.

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