TO BE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY, A STUDENT MUST MEET THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA:
Be in the 8th grade.
Be committed to graduating from high school, enrolling in college and earning a college degree.
21st Century Scholar eligibility. Please see link to eligibility requirements. To apply for the 21st Century Scholars program click on this link: Learn More Indiana
Have at least a middle school GPA of 2.5
All applications are evaluated by an internal admissions committee.
HOW TO BECOME A STARFISH SCHOLAR:
Students must apply to Starfish during the fall of their 8th grade year.
We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-2022 academic year. Both Scholars and Parents must complete the application. Click here below to begin your online application.
For more information contact us 317.588.6300
Who can be a Starfish Scholar?
What is 21st Century Scholars, and why must I be accepted there to be in Starfish?
How can a student apply to Starfish?
Why don't you accept students younger or older than 8th grade?
Do I get to pick my child’s mentor?
Because our staff meets every Scholar candidate and every mentor candidate, we pair Mentors with Scholars, but parents and Mentors alike have an opportunity to ask questions and approve the match before it actually happens. Once a match is made, everyone involved – including the Scholar and parent – is committed to making the match work.
What happens if I don’t like (or think I don’t like) my mentor?
Will I have the same mentor for all 4 years, or lots of different mentors?
Do you offer Starfish Scholarships?
We do not offer scholarships originating with Starfish Initiative, but we do direct our Scholars to a number of sources through which scholarships and other tuition assistance is available.
Do you pay for private school tuition?
We don’t. We do, however, have relationships with some private high schools that have scholarships reserved for Starfish Scholars. Those scholarships are awarded by the schools. Keep in mind, if you think you want to attend a private high school, you need to apply directly through the school and start EARLY – well before the end of the eighth grade!
Will my daughter have a female mentor?
Yep! Young ladies are matched with college-educated women, and the guys are matched with college-educated men.
Can you help me get college scholarships?
One of our primary goals is to pass along to our Scholars as much information as possible about available scholarship and tuition assistance funds. We also have a terrific new online service that offers a lot: our Scholars can “shop” for colleges by major or area of the country, keep track of their grades, and – yes – investigate scholarship opportunities using a number of different factors such as background, race, G.P.A., and a number of other factors.