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Advantage Shelby County is a two-year college program to make higher education attainable for Shelby County high school graduates and prepare them to be ready for the workforce. 

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To be eligible for the Advantage Shelby County program, students must meet the following requirements:
  • Resident of Shelby County
  • Graduate of a Shelby County high school
  • Apply by December 15 of your senior year 
  • Final cumulative high school GPA of 2.0 or higher
To remain eligible for the Advantage Shelby County program, student must: 
  • Be a Shelby County resident
  • Be enrolled as a full-time Ivy Tech student
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA 
  • Meet satisfactory academic progress
  • Complete a minimum of 10 hours of community service per semester
  • Participate in the mentoring program 
Advantage Shelby County Degree Programs:

View a full list of programs below. To learn more about each program, find it on the Ivy Tech Programs page:


  • Advanced Automation & Robotics Technology Degree Tracks
  • Industrial Technology
  • Supply Chain Management (AAS & AS)
  • Business Administration
  • General Studies
  • Paramedic Science
  • Indiana College Core (STGEC/ICC)
  • Agriculture (AS & AAs)
  • TSAP Programs (See below)


TSAPs (Transfer Single Articulation Pathways) are degree programs that make you eligible to transfer to ANY public four-year institution in the state of Indiana upon completion. Ivy Tech calls this "Transfer as a Junior" because after you successfully complete your degree track, you will be able to transfer to a four-year college or university automatically as a junior. Learn more


To find the latest list of events you can volunteer for to complete your service hour requirement, visit



Ami Carter

Shelbyville Campus
2177 Intelliplex Drive
(317) 392-3243



Do I have to apply to Advantage Shelby County or am I automatically enrolled?

  • You must apply to the program, apply here

Do I have to apply to Ivy Tech Community College? 

  • Yes, all students must apply to Ivy Tech Community College before December 15, 2021 as an incoming student to be eligible for the scholarship. 
  • Even if students are taking dual credit classes, they must apply as a new student.
  • Please use the same C Number (student ID) if you were a dual credit student.
  • You will need your Social Security Number to complete the Ivy Tech Community College application -

How do I qualify?

  • Be a US citizen, live in Shelby County, have a final cumulative high school GPA of 2.0, graduate from a Shelby County High School, complete a Shelby County, IN home school program, or obtain a high school equivalency (HSE) diploma prior to reaching 19 years of age in the Shelby County, IN community. Meet all deadlines and requirements.

What if I miss a deadline?

  • If you miss a deadline, you will no longer be eligible to receive the Advantage Shelby County Scholarship. Extensions are not granted and deadlines are firm.

How many students can receive the scholarship?

  • All students who are eligible and meet the deadlines can receive the scholarship.  There is not a limit of students Advantage will accept.

Do I have to qualify for Financial Aid/Pell Grants to receive the Advantage scholarship?

  • No, financial need is not a requirement for eligibility for Advantage Shelby County.

Do I have to fill out and complete a FAFSA since I do not qualify for Financial Aid?

  • Yes, ALL students to be eligible must file AND complete all requirements of FAFSA. All MUST file before April 15th and must have ALL corrections made by June 1st to keep their eligibility.
  • In order to be eligible for the scholarship, a student must file the FAFSA no later than  April 15th EVERY year in which the student plans to receive the scholarship.

What does a “last dollars in” scholarship mean?

  • The Advantage Shelby scholarship provides financial assistance to offset tuition and mandatory fees associated after gift aid has been credited to tuition and mandatory fees within Federal and State regulations. 
  • “Gift aid” is defined as Pell, Indiana state grant awards and any other scholarships.  
  • Federal and state aid are applied to the student’s account first, Advantage Scholarship is applied to any remaining balance after all other aid has been exhausted.

Do I have to be a US Citizen?

  • You must be a US Citizen or an eligible non-citizen.  (DACA students are not classified as an eligible non-citizen and therefore, not eligible for the Advantage Shelby County.)

Do I have to take the SAT or ACT?

  • No, Ivy Tech Community College does not require the SAT or ACT.  Students who have a high school GPA between 2.0 and 2.59 must take the Knowledge Assessment and test college ready by August 1, 2022.

Do I have to be a full time student?

  • You must be a full time student each semester to maintain your eligibility and complete 30 hours each year you are enrolled in the Advantage Shelby County Scholarship Program.
  • You may take 12 hours in the fall, 12 hours in the spring, and 6 hours in the summer to complete this requirement or 15 hours in the fall and 15 hours in the spring.

    You must select one of the following degree tracks:
    • Associate of Applied Science in Agriculture (60 credit hours)

    • Associate of Science in Agriculture (60 credit hours)

    • Advanced Automation and Robotics (75 credit hours)
    • Associate of Applied Science in Business Administration (60 credit hours)
    • Transfer General Education Core (30 credit hours)
    • Associate of General Studies (60 credit hours)
    • Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology (60 credit hours)
    • Paramedic Science (Acceptance into the Paramedic Program is competitive and not guaranteed)
    • Associate of Science in Supply Chain Management (60 credit hours)

    • Associate of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management (60 credit hours)

    • Approved TSAP Degrees (60 credit hours): Biology, Business Administration, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Electrical Engineering Technology, Elementary Education, Human Services, Informatics, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Nursing (Acceptance into the Nursing Program is Competitive and not guaranteed) Psychology Secondary Education – Math, Secondary Education – Biology, Social Work

Do I have to attend the February Meeting?

  • Yes, all students must register AND attend ONE of the February meetings. Parents are welcome

Do I have to send transcripts to Ivy Tech Community College?

  • Yes, all students must have an official current high school transcript sent to Advantage by February 1st.
  • A final high school transcript must be submitted by August 1st to maintain ASC scholarship eligibility (you will have two official high school transcripts sent to Advantage Shelby County/Ivy Tech). 
  • To receive credit for classes taken through other colleges, universities, or AP exams you must send an official transcript/scores from that institution’s registrar to Ivy Tech/Advantage Shelby County.

Do I have to attend the April New Student Advising (NSA) Meeting?

  • Yes, all students must register AND attend ONE of the April NSA’s.
  • During the NSA, students will register for their fall classes
  • Parents will be asked to wait until all students have been seated at a computer before they will be allowed to be seated.  

Do I have to do community service?

  • Students must complete 10 hours of service the summer after they graduate high school and before August 1st to be eligible to start (June 1 - July 31)
  • Students must also complete 10 hours of service during the fall semester and an additional 10 hours of service during the spring semester.
  • Community service must be completed at one of the Advantage Board approved NPO’s.
  • Students must also complete 10 hours of service during the fall semester and an additional 10 hours of service during the spring semester each year they receive the Advantage Shelby County Scholarship.

Are my books covered by my scholarship?

  • No, it is the student’s responsibility to purchase books for their classes and have their books by the first day of class each semester.

Do I have to participate in the mentor program?

  • Yes, students must actively participate with their mentor.