Engleman: Ivy Tech offers scholarship for volunteer firefighters, EMTs

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Friday, September 20, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 20, 2019) – State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) encourages active volunteer firefighters and emergency medical technicians to apply for the Ivy Tech Community College Public Safety Scholarship.

The scholarship, a joint effort between Ivy Tech and the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association, is available starting in the 2020-2021 school year for any active volunteer firefighter or EMS personnel. The funding covers tuition and technology fees, and is open to both full- and part-time students seeking a degree.

“Our communities rely on these brave volunteers to protect our families and homes, especially in our rural areas,” Engleman said. “Today, fewer and fewer people are volunteering, but this scholarship provides a new reason to get involved and rewards the men and women who courageously choose to  volunteer in our towns.”
 
Engleman supported legislation that would have established a public safety officer scholarship program through Ivy Tech. The bill ultimately didn’t pass during the 2019 session of the Indiana General Assembly. However, Ivy Tech moved forward with the scholarship as a two-year pilot program at all of its 40-plus campuses. State lawmakers will assess the program after that time and consider future expansion.

“I am encouraged Ivy Tech noticed a benefit these funds could bring to public safety and decided to offer this scholarship,” Engleman said. “We need more volunteer responders and Ivy Tech has taken the initiative to get more people to sign up at local departments.”

Visit ivfa.org/news to learn more about the Public Safety Scholarship. Apply through Ivy Tech at ivytech.edu or call 888-489-5463.

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 State Rep. Karen Engleman (R-Georgetown) represents House District 70,
which includes portions of Clark, Floyd and Harrison counties.
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