In 1990, the Indiana General Assembly created the 21st Century Scholars program to raise the educational aspirations of low and moderate income families. The program encourages students to attend institutions of higher learning by reducing the financial burden on eligible students and their families. The most important aspect of the 21st Century Scholars program is the Scholar. Scholars sign a pledge of good citizenship and responsible behavior in the 8th grade. The 21st Century Scholars pledge requires commitment and academic work from each Scholar. Students who become Scholars promise to graduate from an Indiana high school, maintain a grade point average of at least a 2.0, agree not to use drugs, alcohol or commit a crime, and apply for admission to an Indiana college, university or technical school as a high school senior. In exchange for keeping their pledge, Scholars are guaranteed up to eight semesters of tuition costs at participating public college, university or technical school in Indiana.
Applications are still available for the 21st Century Scholarships program. A student must be enrolled in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade. This scholarship can pay all tuition costs to a state college or university for up to four years.
Families must meet the following financial guidelines:
Household Size: Maximum Annual Income:
For each additional person in your household, add $6,919.
Applications must be received in Indianapolis by Wednesday, June 30th, 2010. Applications may be picked up at Lincoln Junior High School or contact the Superintendent’s Office.