The 21st Century Scholars Program was introduced in 1990 by the State of Indiana as a method of raising the educational aspirations of low and moderate income families. The program seeks to ensure that all Indiana children are equipped with the tools to afford a college education. In 1995, the first group of 21st Century Scholars began enrollment at Indiana colleges and universities.
Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship to the state are guaranteed the cost of four years of college tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana. Students who elect to attend a private institution will be awarded an amount comparable to that of a public institution. Scholars who choose to attend a participating proprietary school will receive a scholarship equal to the amount of tuition at Ivy Tech Community College.
The 21st Century Scholars Program was established to:
- Increase the number of students entering college and other institutions of higher education.
- Decrease drug and alcohol use by encouraging higher educational pursuits.
- Decrease the number of students who withdraw from high school before graduation.
- Increase the number of students who are prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation.
- Increase individual economic productivity.
- Improve the overall quality of life for Indiana residents.
If you are a Scholar that is or will be a Vincennes University student, please contact the 21st Century Support Specialist, for general inquiries or questions at the Student Success Center, Learning Resource Center. (LRC) Room 152. The phone number for the 21st Century Specialist is 812-888-5501 or 812-888-4451.
For the 21st Century Scholars Program, visit http://www.in.gov/21stcenturyscholars.