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Indiana University to support 21st Century Scholars through partnership with Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Indiana University has a strong partnership with the 21st Century Scholars Program, which began over 25 years ago. IU has provided supplementary scholarships, academic resources, advisors, and other support to aid in the personal and professional development of these scholars.

To further support 21st Century Scholars and their families, IU is collaborating with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education at the Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration, which takes place from July 14-16 at the Indiana Convention Center. Karen Dace, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at IU and Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at IUPUI, and Chris Lowery, Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education, joined “Life.Style.Live!” to share more information about the partnership.

This partnership aims to provide valuable resources and information to scholars and their parents or guardians. IU’s 21st Century Scholars Days will take place July 15-16 from Noon to 4 p.m. during the Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration. This is an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the program, check enrollment, and complete 9th-12th grade scholar track requirements.

Currently, all nine IU campuses have 21st Century Scholars, with the IU Bloomington campus having nearly one out of five undergraduate students enrolled in the program. In 2022, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education recognized IU Bloomington for having the highest four-year completion rate in the state.

IU is also waiving the college application fee during the Indiana Black Expo, where students can apply to one or more of IU’s campuses at one time. Students who register will receive a free IU t-shirt, and interested students can register today here. IU’s booth at the Indiana Black Expo will offer several activities including taking a virtual IU campus tours, searching for scholarships, learning about various careers from alums, and participating in hands-on activities.  

Entry to the convention center is free all weekend. For more information on the 21st Century Scholars Days, visit the IU website.