About 21st Century Scholars

About 21st Century Scholars

The 21st Century Scholarship

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program provides up to four years of undergraduate tuition* to income-eligible students at participating colleges or universities in Indiana**, as well as step-by-step guidance and support to make sure they succeed in college and receive support to finish their degree.

How to Get The 21st Century Scholarship

To receive the 21st Century Scholarship, students must meet income eligibility requirements and sign up in 7th or 8th grade. Learn more about how to enroll here. After enrolling, Scholars must meet certain expectations in high school and in college to earn and maintain their scholarship.

Perform Academically
All Scholars must earn a cumulative (overall) high school grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Strive to do your best in every class!

Complete the Scholar Success Program
The Scholar Success Program includes activities in high school and college to keep students on track for college and career success. See below to learn more about the high school Scholar Success program, and visit the college page to learn more about the college Scholar Success Program.

Graduate with a High School Diploma
Complete your studies and graduate! Scholars must earn at least a Core 40 diploma; learn more about the diplomas Scholars can earn below.

Indiana’s Core 40 diploma is the academic foundation all students need to succeed in college, apprenticeship programs, military training and the workforce. Core 40 gives you more options — and more opportunities — to find a career with a real future. Learn the requirements for a Core 40 diploma here.

Some four-year Indiana colleges – including IU Bloomington and Purdue West Lafayette – require the Core 40 with Academic Honors. With this diploma, you may be eligible for more financial aid from the State of Indiana. Plus, some Indiana colleges offer scholarships just for students who have earned this diploma. Learn the requirements for a Core 40 diploma with Academic Honors here.

Some technical programs and apprenticeships require the Core 40 with Technical Honors. The Core 40 with Technical Honors can open the door to more state financial aid while making you more competitive for apprenticeships or college. Learn the requirements for a Core 40 diploma with Technical Honors here.

The International Baccalaureate program, available at some high schools, is designed to prepare you intellectually, personally, emotionally and socially to live in a rapidly globalizing world. You can choose courses in languages, business and more. Learn the requirements for an International Baccalaureate diploma here.


The Scholar Success Program is a series of activities that will help you stay on track for college and career success. Scholars must complete 12 requirements during high school to receive their 21st Century Scholarship. Then, in college, Scholars must complete activities each year to maintain their Scholarship. Visit our Students tab to see the requirements you will need to fulfill for each school year, and complete the specific steps for your grade level and track progress using ScholarTrack.


Create a Graduation Plan***

Participate in an Extracurricular or Service Activity

Watch “Paying for College 101”


Take a Career Interests Assessment

Get Workplace Experience****

Estimate the Costs of College


Visit a College Campus

Take a College Entrance Exam (ACT/SAT)

Search for Scholarships*****


Submit Your College Application

Watch “College Success 101”

File Your FAFSA


I pledge to graduate with a minimum of a Core 40 diploma from a state-accredited Indiana high school. I will complete the Scholar Success Program in high school and in college that helps me stay on track for college and career success. I will achieve a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. I will not use illegal drugs or alcohol or commit a crime or delinquent act. I will apply for admission to an eligible Indiana college my senior year and apply on time for student financial aid. As a college student I will complete at least 30 credit hours each year to stay on track toward earning my degree on time. I aim to succeed.

*The scholarship amount may be reduced depending on the availability of funds and the availability of the student’s family to contribute to college.
**If you attend a public college, the state will award up to four year of undergraduate tuition. If you attend a private college, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a four-year public college. If you attend a participating proprietary (for-profit) school, the state will award a tuition scholarship equal to that of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.
*** Plan should be updated annually to keep students on track for high school graduation and college admission.
**** Includes job shadowing, internship, part-time employment, interviewing a professional or related experience linked to a student’s career aspirations.
***** Includes any additional scholarship opportunities beyond the 21st Century Scholarship.

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