STATEHOUSE (Sept. 26, 2019) – State Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) 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 2020-21 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.
“Offering public safety scholarships is an innovative way to recruit volunteer firefighters and emergency responders,” Judy said. “This partnership is a win for both locals and those seeking to serve their communities while furthering their education.”
Judy 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.
“Whitley and Allen counties have a total of 21 volunteer fire departments,” Judy said. “We rely heavily on these men and women to keep our communities safe. This is an excellent way to recognize the efforts put in by those already volunteering, while attracting more volunteer firefighters and emergency management personnel to the field.”
Visit ivfa.org/news to learn more about the Public Safety Scholarship. Apply through Ivy Tech at ivytech.edu or call 888-489-5463.
State Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) represents House District 83,
which includes portion of Allen and Whitley counties.
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