Since 1990, Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program has helped thousands of low-income Hoosiers afford a college education and earn a degree. To join the program and qualify for the scholarship paying up to four years of undergraduate tuition at public colleges or universities in Indiana, participants must enroll before June 30 of a student’s eighth-grade school year. With the deadline quickly approaching, those who want to save on college costs need to visit scholars.in.gov and submit an application.
In addition to their tuition being paid, 21st Century Scholars receive assistance preparing them for college and career success. At each grade level in high school, three tasks are completed preparing scholars for college.
As freshman, scholars create a graduation plan, participate in an extracurricular or service activity and watch “Paying for College 101.” Their sophomore year, they take a career interest assessment, get workplace experience and estimate the costs of college. As a junior, they visit a college campus, take a college entrance exam and search for other scholarships. When a senior in high school, scholars submit their college applications, watch “College Success 101” and file their Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Academically, scholars need to earn an overall high school grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and graduate with at least a Core 40 diploma.
Completing these activities and requirements pay off in a big way. With the estimated tuition cost of attending Indiana University reaching nearly $10,700 each year, 21st Century Scholars enrolled in this school could save more than $42,000 over a four-year period.
Those heading into seventh grade can apply now, but after their eighth-grade year, the window closes. Exceptions are only made for students in foster care. There are also income eligibility requirements based on household size, which students in foster care or under legal guardianship do not have to meet.
Students heading into seventh or eighth grades who need assistance with the application can also seek help from counselors, schools and community organizations in collecting and submitting required information.
Sunday, June 30, is the deadline for those heading into eighth grade to submit an official online application. Remember, those entering seventh grade can also apply. But after eighth grade, the opportunity is no longer available for those not in foster care.
Apply today at scholars.in.gov and join the more than 100,000 students enrolled in this program covering college tuition and offering tools for academic success.
State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74, which
includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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