Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Commission AmeriCorps State Fixed Amount Grants FY 2012
Indiana's Twenty-first Century Scholars Program is a national model for what states can do to help low-income students succeed in high school and improve college access and success. It is clear that high expectations, the promise of college opportunity, and no-cost tuition can do much to increase college access and success for at-risk students.
The Twenty-first Century Scholars program enrollment has significantly grown to more than 110,000 students enrolled throughout the state of Indiana. Due to the rapid increase in enrollment and recent changes in legislation, the Twenty-first Century Scholars program has limited capacity to ensure that all students enrolled in the program are sufficiently supported through college completion. The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program is seeking the assistance of AmeriCorps in addressing this challenge.
Ten (10) AmeriCorps members will provide supplemental intervention services designed to support students enrolled in the state's Twenty-first Century Scholar toward completing a college degree or comparable career credential. AmeriCorps members will be trained and equipped to serve as peer mentors on college campuses, fulfilling a critical role in effectively guiding and supporting low-income and first-generation college students through their chosen path of postsecondary education. At the end of the three year period, Scholars will demonstrate improved academic performance, college persistence, on-time graduation and financial literacy.