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Twenty-first Century Scholars Program Appeals Twenty-first Century Scholars Program Appeals

A student, or parent/legal guardian on behalf of the student, that has been denied enrollment or removed from the Twenty-first Century Scholars Program has the right to file an appeal with the Office of Twenty-first Century Scholars.  Appeals are evaluated on a case-by-case basis by an appeals committee. Submission of an appeal does not guarantee a change in the program’s decision.

 Appeal Form and Instructions
 Appeal Form  PDF | MS Word
 Appeal Instructions  PDF | MS Word

In general, students appeal for one of the following reasons:

  • Late Enrollment: The student’s application was not processed because it was not received before the enrollment year deadline or was incomplete;
  • Denied Application: The student’s application was denied because the student was determined to be ineligible to participate;
  • Late Affirmation: The student’s affirmation was not processed because it was not received before the enrollment year deadline or was incomplete;
  • Pledge Violation: The Twenty-first Century Scholars Program removed the student from the program after being notified that the student violated the Scholars Pledge;
  • Other / Hardship: The student is submitting an appeal based on hardship or other extenuating circumstances.

Below, you will find information that should be included when submitting an appeal.

Late Enrollment

  • A completed Twenty-first Century Scholars Appeals Form
  • A completed Twenty-first Century Scholars Application
  • A personal statement explaining why the student missed the regular application deadline
  • Proof of household income, such as filed tax returns, for the year that the student was eligible to apply
  • Supporting documentation, if any

Denied Application

  • A completed Twenty-first Century Scholars Appeals Form
  • Proof that the student met the requirements for enrollment
  • A personal statement explaining why the student feels that the denial was in error
  • Supporting documentation, if any

Late Affirmation

  • A completed Twenty-first Century Scholars Appeals Form
  • A completed Twenty-first Century Scholars Affirmation Form
  • A personal statement explaining why the student failed to affirm
  • Supporting documentation, if any

Pledge Violation

After receiving written notification of a pledge violation, the Twenty-first Century Scholars Program will notify the student and parent/legal guardian by letter that the student will be removed from the program. The student may submit a personal statement to the Appeals Committee explaining why he or she should not be removed from the program and it will be considered on a case-by-case basis, as well as any supporting documentation.

Other Appeals

There may be circumstances that do not fall into the above categories. When students are submitting other types of appeals, the student should include the following, regardless of the type of appeal:

  • A completed Twenty-first Century Scholars Appeals Form
  • A personal statement explaining why the student is appealing
  • Supporting documentation, if any

Submitting Your Appeal

The Appeals Committee meets periodically throughout the year. After your appeal has been reviewed, you will receive an email or letter notifying you of the committee’s decision. Applicants are typically notified within 3-6 weeks after receipt of the appeal. All documentation and supporting material must be included when the appeal is submitted.

By mail
Twenty-first Century Scholars
ATTN: Appeals Committee
W462 Indiana Government Center South
402 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204
By fax:  
(317) 232-3260

If you have any questions regarding the appeal process, please contact the Office of Twenty-first Century Scholars at 1-888-528-4719.