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About the 21st Century Scholars

Indiana's 21st Century Scholars is a needs and performance-based program that provides students the opportunity to earn up to a four-year scholarship at an Indiana college or university.

Mission

The ScholarCorps AmeriCorps program at IU Southeast aims to increase 21st Century Scholar retention and success. This is done by: providing on-campus programming, direct support, and connecting students to various on-campus resources, information and services needed to be successful in college. The ScholarCorps AmeriCorps member is charged with providing Scholars with resources in alignment with the four programmatic focus areas.

Focus Areas:

  • Academic Performance and Persistence
  • Student Engagement and Enrichment
  • Career Exploration and Preparation
  • Financial Literacy and Debt Management

Scholar's Pledge

Scholars can earn up to four years of college tuition at an eligible Indiana college by keeping the Scholar Pledge. When students enroll in the 7th or 8th grade, they pledge to:

  • Graduate with an Indiana High School Diploma from a state-accredited high school.
  • Participate in a Scholar Success Program that helps students plan, prepare and pay for college success.
  • Achieve a cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Not use illegal drugs or alcohol, or commit a crime or delinquent act.
  • Apply for admission to an eligible Indiana college or university as a high school senior.
  • Apply on time for student financial aid (by April 15th of the student's senior year of high school and each subsequent year).

History

Indiana's 21st Century Scholars Program began in 1990 to ensure that every Hoosier student can afford the opportunity provided by a college degree. Today, eligible students who keep the Scholar Pledge to excellence in school and life receive a Scholarship to help pay for their college education.

ScholarCorps members serve on campuses around the state to assist 21st Century Scholars in success and completion efforts. They provide one-on-one support to Scholars dealing with academic, financial and social questions or issues. 21st Century Scholars can reach out to their ScholarCorps member with questions or issues that may affect their scholarship.

Previous Members

Dakota Brooks 2015-2018

After graduating from Vincennes University as a 21st Century Scholar, I felt a heartfelt obligation to give back in some way to a program that has changed my life immensely. I was able to make that happen in the summer of 2015 as the IU Southeast 21st Century Scholar Support Specialist. My four years as a 21st Century Scholar and two years as 21st Century Scholar Support Specialist was exceedingly rewarding. I was able to help students grow, learn, serve, and not only change their own lives, but change the lives of others.

During my years of service, I was able to continue the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service at IU Southeast, coordinate three Junior Jumpstart events for high school juniors and seniors, and recruit student leaders in Crimson Crew, SGA, SAA and other on campus organizations. In addition to serving as the 21st Century Scholar Support Specialist, I was involved in many other on campus organizations such as, Student Alumni Association, Crimson Crew, and Pi Kappa Alpha.

During my service at IU Southeast, my goal was to encourage students to become as involved on campus and in their community as much as possible.

John Kummer 2014-2015

After graduating from IU Southeast as a 21st Century Scholar, I wanted to give back to the program. Fortunately, I was able to being serving on campus with ScholarCorps. As a Scholar myself, I understood the unique challenges that the group faces. My year of service was incredibly rewarding; I was able to help students and make a difference. My goal over my term was to emphasize that the importance of being a 21st Century Scholar is not just limited to finances. There are opportunities for engagement and involvement around every corner. There is truly a community on campus that will support students and nurture them to succeed. Providing support and programing to the Scholars on campus contributed immensely to my personal growth. I cannot imagine where I would be if I did not seize the opportunity to join ScholarCorps. Staying involved on campus at IU Southeast in this role motivated me to pursue my dreams. I am proud to say that after my service I began attending graduate school at the IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Angela Receveur 2013-2014

My time serving at Indiana University Southeast in ScholarCorps allowed me to spend the year between graduating college and starting a master's program near my family and giving back to a program that has benefited me immensely. As a 21st Century Scholar Alumna who graduated from Indiana University Bloomington, I honestly do not believe that I would be the person I am today if not for the 21st Century Scholar program and my time spent as an AmeriCorps member. My year of service taught me a lot about developing and managing a program, granted me the opportunity to interact with college and high school students as a professional, and allowed me to develop a greater sense of confidence as I interacted with the faculty and staff at IU Southeast and representatives of the 21st Century Scholar program at the state and regional level. All of this continues to benefit me as I pursue a career in psychological research. After my time as a ScholarCorps member, I began a Master's in General Psychology program at the University of Dayton. I intend to continue my education in order to obtain a Ph.D. in Psychology.