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21st Century Scholars Program

The Beginning

The 21st 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. In 1995, the first group of 21st Century Scholars headed to college with the continued support of the governor and the Indiana General Assembly.

The Program

Income-eligible sixth, seventh, and eighth graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed the cost of four years of college tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana.

  • What if you attend a private institution?
    • The state will award an amount comparable to that of a public institution.
  • What if you attend a participating proprietary school?
    • The state will award a tuition scholarship equal to that of Ivy Tech Community College.

The Goals

  • Reduce the high school dropout rate 
  • Help more students continue their education 
  • Prepare students for the workforce 
  • Decrease drug and alcohol use among middle and high school students 
  • Increase the earning potential and quality of life for all Indiana residents