May: Ivy Tech offers scholarship for volunteer firefighters, EMTs

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, September 6, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 6, 2019) – State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) 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 majority of our firefighters and emergency responders in Indiana are volunteers,” May said. “They serve a critical role in keeping us safe and ensuring fire departments, especially in rural areas, are adequately staffed. I hope Hoosiers who are already volunteering, and those interested in serving as first responders, will take advantage of this scholarship to help obtain rewarding careers as well as serve their communities.”

May co-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.

“Thank you to Ivy Tech for making this scholarship available to our volunteer first responders,” May said. “I look forward to its success and continued availability to those who risk their lives and keep their communities safe.”

Visit to learn more about the Public Safety Scholarship. Apply through Ivy Tech at or call 888-489-5463.


State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) represents House District 65, which includes all of 
Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.
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