The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program began in 1990 as Indiana's way of raising the educational aspirations of low- and moderate-income families. The program aims to ensure that all Indiana families can afford a college education for their children. The first group of Twenty-first Century Scholars headed to college in 1995.
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. If the student attends a private institution, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a public institution. If the student attends a participating proprietary school, the state will award a scholarship equal to the amount of tuition at Ivy Tech State College.
THE TWENTY-FIRST 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 calling for information for a Scholar that is or will be a Vincennes University student, please call Dustin Bryant at the VU Scholar Office at 812-888-5501.