Ivy Tech Community College announced a new collaboration with the 21st Century Scholars program made possible through the Commission of Higher Education. Beginning this fall, Ivy Tech is providing office locations for 21st Century Scholars regional outreach coordinators at the Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Evansville, Lafayette, Gary, Kokomo, Columbus and Muncie campuses of Ivy Tech. These coordinators are charged with building collaborations with area colleges and universities, school districts, youth-serving orgnizations and other community-based programs to connect 21st Century Scholars with resources and services aimed at improving college readiness, matriculation and ultimately degree completion rates. Statewide, more than 2,000 Ivy Tech students are in the scholarship program.
“Ivy Tech Community College is an ideal program partner with the 21st Century Scholars program,” said Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier of Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast. “Our collective goal is to provide a consistent starting place at both the secondary and postsecondary levels for students, parents and community members to access information regarding the program and Learn More Indiana resources in order to enhance student success and completion.”
Locations across the state were chosen by geographic region and the population density of Scholars in surrounding areas. Ivy Tech–Northeast currently has more than 200 students in the 21st Century Scholars program. Glenda Ervins, regional outreach coordinator for the Northeast region, is being housed at Ivy Tech−Northeast.
“We are happy to be working with Ivy Tech to be able to continue offering this support,” said Ervins. “We’re impressed with Ivy Tech and the support they offer to their students.”
The scholarship program recently underwent structural realiagnment to transition to a more intensive student-service based model that emphasizes college completion and is fiscally sustinable under the State allocation. State funding for the student scholarship component of the program remains intact and will continue. 21st Century Scholars provides up to four years in-state college tuition for qualifying students. For more information, visit learnmoreindiana.org.
About 21st Century Scholars
Indiana started the 21st Century Scholars in 1990 to ensure that every student can afford a college education. Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed to receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition* at any participating public college or university in Indiana. *The scholarship amount may be reduced depending on the availability of funds and the availability of the student’s family to contribute to college.
About Glenda Ervins
Glenda Ervins is the Regional Outreach Coordinator for 13 northeast Indiana counties which include over 16,000 21st Century Scholar families. Under the new 21st Century model Ervins is responsible for increasing partnerships with area schools, youth-serving organizations, college and universities, and other local partners to provide programs and services that better prepare 21st Century Scholars for high school graduation and college completion. She works with community youth-serving organizations, local schools and colleges to promote messages about planning, preparing and paying for college completion. Ervins earned her BA from Indiana University and has been involved in providing youth support services for the past several years. Her career with the 21st Century Scholars program began in 2005, when she served as Student Coordinator, and she was later promoted to Site Coordinator in 2008.