21st Century Scholars

We provide quality academic support programs and services to enhance the academic progress and personal development of every 21st Century Scholar enrolled at Purdue University Northwest.

The PNW 21st Century Scholars Collegiate Support Program seeks to provide you with the tools, resources, and opportunities to excel academically, find gainful employment and serve your community.

COVID-19 Update

21st Century Scholars remains open and fully operational! Beginning January 10, 2022, the office is working hybrid. This means you can schedule a meeting on-campus or online.

Office Hours
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Monday: Campus (SULB 343)
Tuesday: Campus (SULB 343)
Wednesday: Campus (SULB 343)
Thursday: Virtual
Fridays: Virtual

Appointments are preferred. Social distancing and face coverings are required. To request an appointment, email stormt@pnw.edu or 21stcent@pnw.edu. You can also reach us at (219) 989-8414.


21st Century Scholarship recipients are automatically enrolled in the PNW 21st Century Scholar Program once you have enrolled in your academic program.

The program is free of charge. To receive the scholarship each semester, you must be enrolled at full-time status (at least 12 credit hours).There are additional requirements to maintain the scholarship.

You can enroll your child as a 21st Century Scholar from the time they enter 7th grade to June 30 of their 8th grade year. To apply for the 21st Century Scholars program, your student must:

1. Be a resident of Indiana, both when applying and when receiving the scholarship (determined by the residency of the parent or legal guardian).

2. Be one of the following:

  • U.S. citizen or U.S. national (includes natives of American Samoa or Swain’s Island)
  • U.S. permanent resident who has an I-151, I-551 or I-551C (Alien Registration Receipt Card)
  • A non-citizen with one of the following designations (Un no ciudadano con cualquier de las

designaciones que siguen):

  • Refugee
  • Asylum Granted
  • Indefinite Parole and/or Humanitarian Parole
  • Cuban-Haitian Entrant, Status Pending

3. Be enrolled in the 7th or 8th grade at an Indiana public or private school accredited by the Indiana Department of Education.

  • Children in foster care may apply after the 8th grade.
  • Homeschooled students are not eligible for the 21st Century Scholars program.

4. Be a member of a family that meets the income eligibility guidelines. Note: students must meet income eligibility guidelines at time of enrollment and each year of college.

Household SizeMaximum Annual Income
7 or moreFor each additional person, add $8,288
  • A student in foster care does not need to meet this requirement.
  • A student in 7th or 8th grade who is in legal guardianship does not need to meet this requirement.

For more information, please contact Tatiana Colby, 21st Century Representative at 21stcent@pnw.edu or 219-989-8414.

Areas of Focus

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

About the Program

Indiana’s 21st Century Scholarship was established in 1990 to ensure that every Hoosier student can afford the opportunity provided by a college degree.

You must have enrolled in for the scholarship in 7th or 8th grade. In high school, you are connected to programs and resources to help you plan, prepare and pay for college by completing the Scholar Success Program (SSP).

Once you fulfill your SSP requirements and graduate with an Indiana Core 40 high school diploma, four years of tuition to an Indiana school will be paid for by the scholarship.

Helpful Links

Two participants in the 21st Century Scholars Summer Experience show off screenrpinted "21st Century Leaders" t-shirts from Rockablock.

Launching New Leaders

Leadership sessions—and a little bit of summer fun—helped inspired the next generation of leaders as PNW hosted students from throughout the state for the 21st Century Scholars Summer Experience.

See Program Highlights

Contact Us

Hammond Campus: SULB 343
Westville Campus: SWRZ 38
(219) 989-8414

21st Century Scholar graduate posing with the sash

Private Tutoring for PNW Students

21st Century Scholars have access to one-on-one tutoring through Student Academic Support.

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21st Century Scholar graduate posing with the sash

Private Tutoring for PNW Students

21st Century Scholars have access to one-on-one tutoring through Student Academic Support.

Explore Tutoring Options