Indiana’s 7th and 8th grade students who meet income eligibility requirements can apply for the 21st Century Scholars program, which offers a scholarship that covers up to four years of tuition and mandatory fees at a state college. All students must apply by June 30 at the end of their 8th grade year.
Students in 21st Century Scholars participate in the Scholar Success Program during high school, which includes completing 12 activities to help them stay on track for college and career success.
To be eligible for the 21st Century Scholars Program, Scholars’ families must be at or below current income maximums. The student must also:
- 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.
- Eligible Categories:
- U.S. citizen
- U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain’s Island)
- U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551, or I-551C (Alien Registration Receipt Card)
- Students who are noncitizens are eligible to claim an award if they have an Arrival-Departure Record (I-94) from the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) showing one of the following designations:
- Asylum Granted
- Indefinite Parole and/or Humanitarian Parole
- Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending
- Be enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade at an Indiana public school or a private 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 current income maximums.
- Placed in foster care.
For more information about eligibility and to apply, visit Scholars.IN.gov.
In some cases, degree-seeking students may use the 21st Century Scholarship during the summer while enrolled part-time. Refer to the guidelines for using the 21st Century Scholarship during summer terms.