High school is right around the corner. And college isn’t far off either! As an Indiana middle school student, you may qualify for a scholarship that can help you pay for your college tuition. You can enroll as a Scholar as early as 7th grade – but no later than June 30th of your 8th grade year. There are a few things you’ll need to do first – like keeping your grades up, pledging to do your best and completing activities each year of high school. Plus, you’ll need to meet a few eligibility requirements.

You’ll also need to create a ScholarTrack account. This is where you will log in to complete your Scholar Success Program requirements each year.

To apply for the 21st Century Scholars Program, your student must:

  • Be a resident of Indiana, both when applying and when recieving the scholarship (determined by the residency of the parent or legal guardian).
  • Be one of the following:
    • U.S. citizen or U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain’s Island)
    • U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551 or I-551C (Alien Registration Receipt Card)
    • A non-citizen with one of the following designations:
      • Refugee
      • Asylum Granted
      • Indefinite Parole and/or Humanitarian Parole
      • Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending
  • Be enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade at an Indiana public or private school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. Children in foster care may apply after the 8th grade. Homeschooled students are not eligible for the 21st Century Scholars program.
  • Be a member of a family that meets the income eligibility guidelines. A student in foster care does not need to meet this requirement.
Household sizeMaximum annual income
7 or moreFor each additional person, add $8,177

Before you apply online, make sure you have the following:

  • Student’s Social Security number, date of birth and address
  • Parent or guardian’s Social Security number, or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number if applicable
  • Previous year gross income amounts for all members of the household (Example: if you are applying after December 31, 2017, use 2017 amounts.)
  • A valid email address. Free email addresses are available at Yahoo!, Gmail and Live

During the application process, you will:

  • Answer pre-enrollment questions
  • Enter student contact information (address, phone, email, school information and SSN)
  • Agree to the 21st Century Scholar Pledge
  • Enter income information for parent or guardian
  • Review and submit application

You will receive an email with an application summary and program enrollment information after the application is received. All applications to the 21st Century Scholars program must be submitted before June 30 of the eligible student’s 8th-grade year.


There are many things you can begin doing now to help you prepare for high school and college success. Throughout middle school and high school, make sure you:

  • Sit close to the front of the classroom, whenever possible.
  • Participate in class discussions.
  • Stay organized (use folders, dividers and other tools).
  • Keep up with class assignments and homework.
  • Ask for help from teachers, counselors and parents.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Eat right – make healthy food choices to keep your mind focused.
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You may not have access to the online application at home or another convenient location. Your school counselor may agree to submit an online application for you with help from the Scholar Enrollment Worksheet. You can ask your counselor for help applying, and direct them to this site – once you’ve provided all the required enrollment information.