Indiana started 21st Century Scholars in 1990 to ensure that every student can afford a college education. Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship may receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. Students whose family meets the income guidelines for free and reduced lunch should be eligible.
These scholarships are valued at approximately $20,000, depending on funds available each year.
For Harrison County, that’s about 150 graduating seniors each year who could receive assistance for college.
To fulfill the pledge of good citizenship, students pledge to graduate from high school with a GPA of at least 2.5, avoid drugs, alcohol or other illegal activity and submit state and federal student aid paperwork on time before they enter college.
Parents may enroll online by going to: http://www.in.gov/21stcenturyscholars/2451.htm
Parents can also print and sign the online forms at home and bring them to the HCCF or any Harrison County Public library for submission. Forms are available in both English and Spanish formats. Income guidelines for eligibility and other documentation needed are also found on the SSAIC website.
Scholar Success Program: Listed below are the 12 requirements scholars must complete during high school to receive their 21st Century Scholarship. (This is in addition to maintaining their pledge requirements listed above.)
Freshman Year: Create A Graduation Plan, Participate in an Extracurricular Activity or Service Activity and Watch “Paying for College 101”
Sophmore Year: Take a Career Interest Assessment, Get Workplace Experience* and Complete the College Costs Estimator
Junior Year: Visit a College Campus, Take a College Entrance Exam (ACT/SAT) and Search for Scholarships
Senior Year: Submit Your College Application, Watch “College Success 101” and File Your FAFSA
*Includes job shadowing, internship, part-time employment or career focused experience
**Ask you high school counselor about assistance with meeting any of these requirements. Many of the activities they have planned each school year are designed to assist students in fulfilling their scholar requirements.