Frye: Ivy Tech offers scholarship for volunteer firefighters, EMTs

Posted by: Randy Spieth  | Monday, September 30, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 30, 2019) – State Rep. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) 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.

“The number of volunteer firefighters has fallen by 12 percent nationally over the last three decades and we need to look at new ways to recruit,” Frye said. “This scholarship will help reverse the trend, bolster our rosters and boost public safety in our neighborhoods.”

Frye authored 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.

“With Ivy Tech taking the lead on this initiative, we can see how Hoosiers respond,” Frye said. “I look forward to seeing the data in two years and plan to address this issue again at the Statehouse when the college’s trial program ends.”

 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. Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) represents Ohio, Ripley and Switzerland counties, 
as well as portions of Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties.
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