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21st Century Scholar Information

Indiana started the 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.In an effort to serve a growing number of students participating in the program, the scholarship amount may be reduced depending on the availability of funds and the availability of the student's family to contribute to college.

As a 21st Century Scholar, you can get help finding free tutoring, a mentor and a part-time job, and once you get to college, students who are 21st Century Scholars receive support to finish their college degrees.

You can find the 2020-2021 21st Century Scholars flyer with additional information and income guidelines here.

How to apply

The 21st Century Scholars application is only available online. Eligible 7th and 8th grade students and their parents or legal guardians may access the online application at the 21st Century Scholars website. Applications must be submitted by June 30th of the student's 8th grade year. Please review income eligibility requirements online before applying.

What you need before you apply

  1. Student's Social Security Number, date of birth, and address
  2. Parent or guardian's Social Security Number or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number, if applicable
  3. Income information
  4. A valid email address (free email accounts are available at,, and

What you will do when you apply

  1. Answer pre-enrollment questions
  2. Enter student contact information (address, phone, email, school information and SSN)
  3. Agree to the 21st Century Scholar Pledge
  4. Enter income information for parent or guardian
  5. Review and submit application
  6. You will receive an email with an application summary and program enrollment information after the application is received.

Students who meet the eligibility requirements but who are currently in the 6th grade should hold their application until their 7th or 8th grade year. For more details regarding the program and eligibility requirements, please visit their website.