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.


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).


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 AmeriCorps members are placed at select colleges and universities across Indiana and serve as an on-campus resource to freshman and sophomore 21st Century Scholar students enrolled at that institution. This is the second year a ScholarCorps member has been at IU Southeast.

Previous Members

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.