Rep. Arnold: It's never too early to start planning for your future

Posted by: Peter Hoffman  | Monday, June 13, 2016

Congratulations to the Class of 2016 on all of your accomplishments. The hard work and dedication our students, teachers and administrators have shown to get to this point is something to be celebrated and recognized. Graduation season can also serve as a great reminder that it is never too early to start planning for college. The Indiana 21st Century Scholars program was established to help students from low-income families achieve their goal of going to college.

Hoosier students can enroll in the program as early as seventh grade, but no later than June 30 of their eighth-grade year. To learn about the eligibility requirements and sign up for the program, visit their website at

Those granted the scholarship are eligible to receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. If a student plans on attending a private college, the state would still award an amount comparable to that of a four-year public college.

Students who are in the program not only receive a scholarship, but also are provided with the tools needed to assist with college applications, the admission process, financial aid and campus visits. The 21st Century Scholarship program has helped more than 70,000 low-income Hoosier students pay for college; many of these students were the first in their families to receive higher education. This scholarship is a great way for students in our community to achieve educational success and develop the character traits and work ethic that will carry them into adulthood.

Please remember that the deadline for students entering the eighth grade to apply is quickly approaching. For more information about the program, please call 1-888-528-4719.

For those high school students who know that a career in the classroom as a teacher is what they want to pursue, there will be a new scholarship program aimed at helping them pay for college tuition. This past legislative session, I supported the creation of the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship. Scholarships will begin being issued in the fall of 2017. Each year, a maximum of 200 graduating high school students will be awarded scholarships to receive up to $30,000 over four years for tuition to attend accredited colleges and universities in Indiana. Eligible students must have demonstrated success in academics, including high grades and SAT/ACT scores, and well-rounded extracurricular activities. Scholarship recipients will commit to teaching for at least five years in Hoosier public or private classrooms. This legislation received nearly unanimous support in both chambers of the General Assembly.

As we continue to lead Indiana forward, please contact me with questions or input at 317-232-9793 or by email at Learn more about the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at


State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.

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