21st Century Scholars Eligibility
To be considered for the Purdue Promise scholarship and support program, a student must be a confirmed 21st Century Scholars with the State of Indiana.
To be eligible for 21st Century Scholars, a student must enroll on or before June 30 during his/her 7th or 8th grade year. Information on enrollment can be found by clicking here.
To enroll in 21st Century Scholars, a student must:
- Be a resident of Indiana, both when he/she applies and when he/she receives the scholarship;
- Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
- Be enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade at a school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education;
- Fulfill the 21st Century Scholars Pledge; and
- Be placed in foster care or be a member of a family at or below the income maximums.
A student’s residency is determined by the residency of his/her parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
Homeschooled students are not eligible for the 21st Century Scholars program.
Children in foster care may apply after the 8th grade.
The State sets annual income maximums. At the time that a student enrolls in middle school, his/her family must meet the income maximum unless he/she is placed in foster care.
Note: If a student enrolls after June 30, 2011, he/she will be subject to means testing. This means that if his/her family’s financial situation improves by the time the Scholar enrolls in college and claims the scholarship, the scholarship may be reduced.
Information about income requirements can be found by clicking here.
High School Requirements
Information on requirements 21st Century Scholars in high school, including academic requirements, the 21st Century Scholars Pledge, and the Scholar Success Program can be found by clicking here.
Grade-level resources on requirements and policies can be accessed via the links below. Additional resources, including copies of all of the mailings (checklists and guides) students, parents, and counselors receive can be found by clicking here.
Confirm 21st Century Scholar Status
Your eligibility is confirmed with the State once the following has been completed:
- You file your FAFSA by March 10 and clear correction, as necessary, by May 15.
- You and your parent(s) or legal guardian(s) on the FAFSA are confirmed Indiana residents.
- You sign your Senior Affirmation Form indicating you have upheld your Scholar Pledge.
- You graduate high school with a minimum cumulative 2.5* GPA on a 4.0 scale and your high school confirms your grades with the State.
- You apply to an eligible Indiana college during your senior year of high school and enroll as a full-time student (12 or more credit hours) in college within one year of high school graduation.
*Beginning with the graduating high schools class of 2015, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scales when they graduate in order to receive the 21st Century Scholars award. Prior graduating classes had to achieve a 2.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
Information on transitioning to college as a 21st Century Scholar can be found by clicking here.
Understanding What 21st Century Scholars Covers
Information on what the State pays for through your 21st Century Scholars award can be found here.
Staying Eligible in College
View information on maintaining your 21st Century Scholarship here. Highlights are found below.
- Maintain the 21st Century Scholar Pledge, including:
- Not using illegal drugs, committing a crime or delinquent act, or consuming alcohol before the legal drinking age;
- Submitting the FAFSA on time (March 10) each year;
- Maintaining Purdue’s Satisfactory Academic Progress standards for GPA and credit completion (PACE); and
- Completing at least 30 credits each academic year.
- Remain in good academic and judicial standing with Purdue University.
Contact the 21st Century Scholars Staff
Contact information for regional outreach coordinators, central office staff, and ScholarCorps members can be found here.
View answers to FAQs about 21st Century Scholars here.