There are new requirements for the state’s 21st Century Scholars program.
The 21st Century Scholars program provides funding to low-income students who plan on pursuing more educational opportunities after high school.
The Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education has implemented the Scholar Success Program, a series of 12 steps scholars must complete in high school to earn the scholarship. This is in addition to the previously set requirements.
High school freshmen will be required to write a graduation plan and complete a learning module on “Paying for College 101.” Sophomores will be required to complete a career interest assessment, visiting a workplace and utilizing the Indiana College Cost Estimator. Juniors will need to make a college visit, take a college entrance exam and search for additional scholarships while seniors in the program must submit a college application, complete the learning session and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
More than 100,000 students are enrolled in the 21st Century Scholars program. Students in seventh and eighth grades who are eligible for free or reduced meals may enroll in the program.