21st Century Scholars: Your Journey Begins Here

The IU 21st Century Scholars Program began in 1990 as a way to improve educational opportunities for income-eligible seventh and eighth-grade students and their families. Students who enroll in Indiana 21st Century Scholars Program and fulfill the program’ Scholar Pledge are guaranteed up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana.

Indiana University Bloomington has been a proud partner of the IU 21st Century Scholars Program since its inception, providing financial and academic resources to support, retain and graduate thousands of IU 21st Century Scholars.

Our Mission

Funded by the state of Indiana, the IU 21st Century Scholars Program, administered by the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA), helps low and middle-income families meet the cost of college by providing students with a wide array of support activities and services on campus, including academic tutoring, peer mentoring, housing, and professional workshops such as, financial aid and overseas study scholarship. Our mission is to provide high-quality service in the form of advocacy and holistic programming designed to promote academic achievement, career development, scholarship maintenance, college retention, and timely graduation at IUB, and to help them understand their role in making a positive impact on the City of Bloomington and beyond. Qualifying students who fulfill the Indiana Scholars Success Program receive up to four years of paid tuition at a participating Indiana college or university.

The IU 21st Century Scholars Program focuses on five key areas:

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

Our staff in the IU 21st Century Scholars Program utilize an 'identity-conscious design framework' when developing new programs and supporting diversity and inclusion at Indiana University Bloomington.

Our Vision

The Indiana University 21st Century Scholars Program is committed to provide high-quality student services and support that will help prepare our scholars for lifelong success. Our vision is to help make an Indiana University education desirable, accessible, and affordable for all students.

Libby Gress

Every day I am reminded how lucky I am to be a 21st Century Scholar.  This is an amazing program that has changed my trajectory at IU and in life.

Libby Gress

The Covenant

The 21st Century Scholarship Covenant is a financial award to supplement the scholarship component of the IU Bloomington 21st Century Scholars Program. Specifically, the Covenant helps Scholars who have been admitted to the Bloomington campus but still have unmet financial needs earn their college degree by providing grant aid to cover expenses such as room, board, and books.

Learn more about 21st Century Scholarship Covenant