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Scholars enrollment presentation

  1. 1. South Central Regional Support Site
  2. 2. The Program was established to: <ul><li>Reduce the number of students who withdraw from high school before graduation. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase the number of students who are prepared to enter the workforce upon graduation from institutions of higher learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase the number of low-income students entering institutions of higher learning. </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease drug and alcohol use by encouraging higher educational pursuits. </li></ul><ul><li>Increase individual economic productivity. </li></ul><ul><li>Improve the overall quality of life for Indiana residents. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Eligible students must: <ul><li>Be a resident of Indiana as both an applicant and an award recipient (determined by the residency of the parent/legal guardian) and a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen. For information about citizenship qualifications, call 888-528-4719. </li></ul><ul><li>Be enrolled in the 6 th , 7 th , or 8 th grade at a charter, freeway school or other Indiana school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education. </li></ul><ul><li>Meet income requirements or be a ward of the court (i.e. foster child). </li></ul><ul><li>Make a commitment to fulfill the Scholar’s Pledge. </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Scholar’s Pledge: <ul><li>I agree to graduate from a charter, freeway school or other Indiana school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education with an Indiana high school diploma. </li></ul><ul><li>I will achieve a cumulative high school GPA of at least a 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. </li></ul><ul><li>I will not use illegal drugs or alcohol or commit a crime. </li></ul><ul><li>I will apply for admission to an eligible Indiana college, university or technical school as a high school senior. </li></ul><ul><li>I will apply on time for state and federal financial aid. </li></ul>
  5. 5. 2009-10 Income Guidelines: <ul><li>Household Size Maximum Annual Income </li></ul><ul><li>2 $26,955 </li></ul><ul><li>3 $33,874 </li></ul><ul><li>4 $40793 </li></ul><ul><li>5 $47,712 </li></ul><ul><li>6 $54,631 </li></ul><ul><li>For each additional person in your household, add $6,916. </li></ul><ul><li>These guidelines are the same for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program. </li></ul>
  6. 6. What if household income changes? <ul><li>Students must meet the income guidelines at the time of application. </li></ul><ul><li>Once enrolled, a Scholar is still enrolled in the Program even if household income increases as long as the Scholar keeps the Pledge. </li></ul><ul><li>What is affected by an increase in income? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eligibility for other state and federal financial aid which is based upon household income. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. How to apply: <ul><li>Obtain an application from the student’s school or Twenty-first Century Scholars Regional Support Site. </li></ul><ul><li>Complete the application completely. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a copy for your records. </li></ul><ul><li>Or, apply online at www.scholars.in.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Return the completed application by the June 30 th deadline to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twenty-first Century Scholars Program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>150 West Market Street, Suite 500 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indianapolis, IN 46204 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. How do you know if you are a Scholar? <ul><li>Contact the regional support site at 800-880-5213 or the state office at 888-528-4719. </li></ul><ul><li>Applications take 4-6 weeks for processing. </li></ul><ul><li>Incomplete or illegible enrollment applications will be returned to the applicant. </li></ul><ul><li>Enrollment letters are sent out twice per year. </li></ul><ul><li>Enrollment certificates are delivered to the schools for distribution. </li></ul><ul><li>Some applications are chosen for </li></ul><ul><li>income verification and must </li></ul><ul><li>provide documentation. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What do you get from this program? <ul><li>Scholars receive four years of college tuition to attend an eligible Indiana public or private college, university or proprietary institution. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Full tuition for a public institution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Partial tuition up to a maximum $5,000+ at a private institution. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Free support and college readiness programs and activities for Scholars and parents. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent activities such as parent conferences, pledge ceremonies, and college and career planning workshops. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Scholar activities such as college tours, summer camps, job shadowing, and enrichment activities. </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. What else do you get? <ul><ul><li>Incentives to attend participating colleges and universities (ex. IU, Purdue, University of Evansville, Marian University) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SAT/ACT fee waivers </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A toll-free hotline at 888-528-4719 </li></ul><ul><li>A website for Scholars at </li></ul><ul><li>www.scholars.in.gov </li></ul><ul><li>Regional newsletters high- </li></ul><ul><li>lighting local Scholar activities. </li></ul>
  11. 11. How to access and use the Scholarship: <ul><li>Submit a completed Affirmation Form on or before March 10 th of your senior year. </li></ul><ul><li>File a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year by the FAFSA deadline for Indiana (March 10 th ) and complete all corrections by the deadline (May 15 th ) www.fafsa.ed.gov . </li></ul><ul><li>Begin college and be a full-time student no later than 2 years after graduation (i.e. 2010 graduates must enroll in college by December, 31, 2012). </li></ul><ul><li>Maintain academic progress in college. </li></ul>
  12. 12. How can you help? <ul><li>Inform your families about the Scholars Program. </li></ul><ul><li>Help them complete the application. </li></ul><ul><li>Make sure the application does not have missing information before mailing. </li></ul><ul><li>Make a copy of the application to be given to the parent or to keep for your records. </li></ul><ul><li>Help your families follow-up on their enrollment status. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage families to participate in Scholar programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Put the Scholar link www.scholars.in.gov on your website. </li></ul>
  13. 13. How to reach us: <ul><li>Toll free at 800-880-5213 </li></ul><ul><li>Or 812-856-1576 </li></ul><ul><li>www.21scholars.com </li></ul><ul><li>1900 East Tenth Street Eigenmann Hall, Room 610 </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Bloomington, IN 47406 </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>

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