The Harrison County Community Foundation (HCCF) has devised a unique way to incentivize local schools to help enroll eligible students in the Evan Bayh 21st Century Scholars Program. The program began in 1990 to ensure every Hoosier student can afford a college degree. Eligible students who keep the Scholar Pledge receive a scholarship to help pay for their college education.

Although the Evan Bayh 21st Century Scholars Program is not a HCCF program, HCCF provides a grant award to each Harrison County school corporation based on the percentage of the corporation’s eligible students who have enrolled in the program. These funds are available for the schools to use to enhance extracurricular student experiences such as academic competitions; artistic activities such as band, choir or drama club; after-prom events and student achievement incentives.

Last year, 56 percent of eligible Harrison County students enrolled in the Evan Bayh 21st Century Scholars Program, providing a total of $55,680 in extracurricular funds to the schools. Hoping even more students enroll, HCCF has allocated up to $100,000 for this school year. Parents of seventh and eighth grade students will want to make sure their children take advantage of this scholarship opportunity, and school personnel will want to capture as much extracurricular money as possible.

For more information about Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program, visit scholars.in.gov.

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