The Star, Tuesday, July 15, 2014
FORT WAYNE — WorkOne Northeast said Monday it will partner with the state’s 21st Century Scholars program to help student participants access and begin registering for an online ScholarTrack tool designed to keep them on a path to high school and college graduation.
The 21st Century Scholars program provides low‐income students with the opportunity to earn up to a four‐year scholarship at an Indiana college or university.
WorkOne Northeast, operated by Northeast Indiana Works, is the first WorkOne in the state to partner with the 21st Century Scholars program.
Since the statewide scholars program began in 1990, a total of 36,623 northeast Indiana students have participated in the program. Between 2015 and 2018, nearly 7,000 northeast Indiana students are expected to participate.
Students must meet a number of standards to qualify for scholarships, including having a cumulative high school grade average of 2.5 or higher, abstaining from illegal drugs or alcohol and not committing a crime or other delinquent act.
Last fall, a Scholar Success Program was added that requires students enrolled in the 21st Century Scholars Program to complete three steps during each year of high school designed to help them be ready for college and careers. Those 12 steps, which will be reported through ScholarTrack, include developing a graduation plan; undergoing a career interest assessment; visiting colleges; getting involved in extra‐curricular or service activities; acquiring workplace experience; and completing online learning modules related to paying for college and achieving college success.