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21st Century Scholars Program Information

The Twenty-first Century Scholars program helps Indiana families afford a college education for their children and began in fall of 1990. 

The focus is to assist students from low and moderate income families afford the ever-increasing cost of a college education.

Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship may be eligible for up to four years of college tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana.


Program Highlights

Increased (11,500 students enrolled in 2011 cohort/27,500 students enrolled in 2015 cohort)

Higher High School Graduation Rate than the General Public

Higher College Matriculation Rate than General Public (Nearly 90% of Scholars enter college directly after high school, compared to 67% for all Indiana high school students)


Scholar Corp Program


The Indiana Scholar Corps program for 21st Century Scholars promotes on-time college completion and student success. Scholars receive a variety of support services and can take advantage of leadership and networking opportunities.  Scholar Corps goals encompass supporting Scholars as they plan their path to their degree, prepare for success, and pay for college with their 21st Century Scholars scholarship.

Academic Support

Professional & Leadership Development

Social Support

Free Tutoring College Success Advocates (Student Leadership Team) Monthly Events
SI Instruction 21st Century Scholars Ambassadors Community Service Engagements
College Mentor (Staff) in each College Mentoring for underclassmen Mentors
Basic Career and Academic Counseling Speaking and Recruiting Engagements Intramural Teams
Mid-Semester Grade Checks Connections to Community Partners 21st Century Scholar Student Organization
Meetings for Academic Progress (Probation Students) Fundraising Welcome and End of the Year Celebration
Campus Referrals (ASC, ODOS, CCO) Grant Writing Leadership Retreat for Student Leaders


New This Year

21st Century Scholars Student Organization

The Scholar Corps program is proud to have become an official student organization at Purdue. Any enrolled 21st Century Scholar is welcome and encouraged to join. The club will promote academic and social engagement for all 21st Century Scholars. If you are interested in joining this organization, please see Dominique Vaughn.