Lucas: Ivy Tech offers scholarship for volunteer firefighters, EMTs

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

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 20, 2019) – State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) 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.

“Volunteer responders get involved because they want to support their neighbors and community,” Lucas said. “This Ivy Tech scholarship is a logical way to support the men and women who volunteer their time to protect us and what means most to us, and recruit more people to take on these rewarding roles.”

Lucas 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 look forward to seeing the data and facts regarding how many people applied for the scholarship and discuss ways to continue this program throughout the state,” Lucas said.

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. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes portions of
Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.
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