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The Program The Program

The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program began in 1990 as Indiana's way of raising the educational aspirations of low- and moderate-income families. The program aims to ensure that all Indiana families can afford a college education for their children.

Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship to the state are guaranteed the cost of up to four years of undergraduate tuition* at any participating public college or university in Indiana. If the student attends a private institution, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a public institution. If the student attends a participating proprietary school, the state will award a tuition scholarship equal to that of Ivy Tech Community College.

In 1995, the first group of Scholars headed to college - with the continued support of the Governor and the Indiana General Assembly.

*The scholarship amount may be reduced depending on the availability of funds and the availability of the student’s family to contribute to college.

The Goals

The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program is established to do the following:

  1. Reduce the number of students who withdraw from high school before graduation.
  2. Increase the number of students who are prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation.
  3. Increase the number of students entering postsecondary educational institutions in Indiana.
  4. Encourage eligible students to attend postsecondary educational institutions in Indiana by reducing the financial burden on the eligible students and their families.
  5. Decrease drug and alcohol abuse by encouraging higher educational pursuits.
  6. Increase individual economic vitality.
  7. Improve the overall quality of life for many Indiana residents.