New partnership to help low-income students receive full tuition scholarship

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A new partnership’s program will help hundreds of low-income and underrepresented students in Marion County prepare and pay for college.

Leaders from the Indiana Black Expo, Indiana University and the Indiana Commission for Higher Education announced the program called “Drive for Affordable College” Monday. It’s designed to help students enroll in Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars Program.

The 21st Century Scholars program provides up to four years of full tuition scholarships for low-income students who meet academic and behavioral requirements. In order to receive the scholarship, students must also complete a series of activities designed to prepare them for college success—such as completing a high school graduation plan, filing for financial aid and visiting a college campus.

During the 2016-2017 school year, the “Drive for Affordable College” partnership will work to enroll 500 new students in the scholarship program and expose 200 current 21st Century Scholars to the Indiana University Bloomington campus.

As part of the partnership, Indiana Black Expo will select students who qualify for the 21st Century Scholars program from Indianapolis Public Schools, Warren Township, Wayne Township and Archdiocese of Indianapolis Catholic schools.

The partnership will provide food and transportation for scholars to the IU Bloomington campus, where students will be introduced to academic life, participate in a college fair and tour the campus.

“This partnership has the power to transform the lives of hundreds of students who may not have pursued higher education on their own or even considered it an option for their future,” said Emil Ekiyor, Vice President of the Indianapolis Chapter of Indiana Black Expo.

You can learn more about the 21st Century Scholars program at Scholars.IN.Gov.

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