State Higher Ed Commission Awards over $162,000 to 21 local organizations

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education awarded 21 organizations with the spring/summer 2022 School and Community Partnership Grant.

The grant is designed to bring together K-12 schools, postsecondary institutions, employers, and community partners to plan and implement supportive efforts for students of all ages to complete education and training beyond high school.

The Commission awarded a total of $162,680. Grant recipients will implement their suggested programs and events during the summer.

The School and Community Partnership Grant are designed to support collaborative efforts focused on three main college and career readiness priorities, including:

  • Completing the 21st Century Scholars’ Scholar Success Program and maintaining academic eligibility with at least a 2.5-grade point average;
  • Family engagement programming focused on college and career readiness, including enrollment in the 21st Century Scholars program and the Workforce Ready Grant; and
  • Pre-college and postsecondary professional development focused on Indiana’s college achievement gap.

Grant funding is made possible through Indiana Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP). Led by a team of staff from Purdue University and the Commission, one of the primary goals of Indiana GEAR UP is to increase the number of students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education.

For more information about the School and Community Partnership Grant, visit

About the Indiana Commission for Higher Education
Created in 1971, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education plans, coordinates, and defines Indiana’s postsecondary education system to align higher learning with the needs of students and the state. The Commission also administers Indiana’s financial aid programs, including the 21st Century Scholars early college promise scholarship, which celebrated 30 years in 2020. Learn more about the Commission’s Reaching Higher in a State of Change strategic plan at