State Rep. Abbott: New scholarships open to essential workers to help cover early child care, education costs

State Rep. Abbott: New scholarships open to essential workers to help cover early child care, education costs

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, May 26, 2021

STATEHOUSE (May 26, 2021) – State Rep. David Abbot (R-Rome City) encourages working families seeking high-quality early education and out-of-school programs for their children to apply for Build, Learn, Grow scholarships.

To qualify for a scholarship, one family member must qualify as an essential worker, like those who work in health care or food service, and their family must meet income eligibility requirements. Scholarships can be used for their child's early care and education, and summer learning or out-of-school care. Abbott said the scholarship will cover 80% of child care costs for children up to age 12.

"Many children fell behind in their studies throughout the pandemic and could benefit from summer programs, and others might need before- or after-school care," Abbott said. "This scholarship could make all the difference to those kids while simultaneously helping their hard-working parents offset the costs."

Abbott said applications are open through Oct. 31, 2021, and there are 50,000 scholarships available through the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration on a first-come, first-served basis.

The application, list of eligible programs and income requirements for the Build, Learn, Grow scholarship fund are available at brighterfuturesindiana.org/scholarships/families. All Indiana essential businesses and operations are listed at coronavirus.in.gov/2496.htm.

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State Rep. David Abbott (R-Rome City) represents House District 82, which includes 
all of Noble County and portions of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.
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