Scholars program has June deadline

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana seventh- and eighth-graders have until June 30 to apply for the state’s 21st Century Scholars program.

Qualified students who practice good citizenship, maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average and graduate from high school will receive four years of tuition to attend a public Indiana college or university, or the equivalent amount to attend an Indiana private college.

To be eligible for the program, a seventh- or eighth-grader mus

Be a resident of Indiana as an applicant and an award recipient, U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen. For information about citizenship qualifications, call (888) 528-4719.

Be enrolled in the seventh- or eighth-grade at a school recognized by the Indiana Department of Education.

Fall within the following family income guidelines for 2007-08: maximum family income of $25,327 for a family of two; $31,765, for a family of three; $38,203 for a family of four; $44,641 for a family of five; or $51,079 for a family of six. For each additional person in the household, add $6,438.

Make a commitment to fulfill the Scholars Pledge. The student pledges to: graduate from an Indiana high school; achieve a high school grade-point average of at least 2.0; not use illegal drugs, alcohol or commit a crime; apply for admission to an eligible Indiana college or university as a high school senior; and apply on time for state and federal financial aid.

Since the 21st Century Scholars program started in 1995, it has distributed more than $85 million in college scholarships.

For more information, see any school guidance counselor or see this Web site: