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September 2018

Get a jumpstart on your future

It’s never too early for high school seniors to begin applying to and preparing for college.

Seventeen Indiana colleges will waive their application fees in recognition of College Application Day on Sept. 28, with 15 additional colleges offering free applications year-round. Fee waivers for those in foster care, 21stCentury Scholars and more are also continuously available. View the full list of participating colleges here.

College Application Day, sponsored in partnership by Learn More Indiana and the national American College Application Campaign, aims to increase the number of first-generation and low-income students who pursue education beyond high school.

While applying to college is the first important step, incoming and current college students should also start preparing to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, which will open on Oct. 1 for the 2019-2020 academic school year. The annual FAFSA form determines financial aid eligibility for college students or those planning on pursuing a post-secondary education.

When thinking about applications and financing for college, those who want to earn a teaching degree should remember to apply for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship before the Nov. 30 deadline.

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Vote for Your Indiana Favorites

That restaurant with the burger you always order; that day trip to the museum that captivated your kiddos; and that one state park you’d visit rain or shine could land on the Best of Indiana list.

Visit Indiana is asking you to vote for your favorite Indiana state parks and recreation areas, museums and specialty burgers to help highlight the best of Indiana.

The Parks

Indiana is home to over 30 state parks. From the shores of Lake Michigan to the Ohio River, Indiana boasts waterfalls, lakes, hills and countless other scenic views.  Maybe it’s the sail boating, the rocky caverns to hike or the atmosphere in a state park lodge that makes one stand out to you as the best.

The Museums

There are a variety of museums to explore in Indiana, from displays of vintage campers to shows celebrating the legacies of Hoosier Hollywood stars. These museums celebrate the ingenuity, arts and rich history that have shaped Indiana. Let these places, the ones that succeeded in transporting you to another time or sparked your imagination, know with your vote how much you liked them.

The Burgers

Stacking anything from queso to pot roast between two buns, the burger choices stretch across the board, challenging voters to narrow down their top five. Whether it’s your road trip dinner destination or your local go-to on your lunch break, give that dream burger the recognition it deserves.

Voting for your favorites is open through Saturday, Oct. 27. Help highlight the finest places in Indiana and share your top choices. To learn more and cast your votes, click here.

New Heatmap Helps Document Drug Overdoses

Working to solve the opioid epidemic in Indiana is an ongoing issue that requires a vast pool of advocates and resources.

The Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse recently launched an online, interactive map that helps depict drug overdoses happening in Indiana.

The Naloxone Administration Heatmap is a compilation of EMS reports documenting when and where the opioid reversing drug naloxone was administered. The use of naloxone, often called by its brand name, Narcan, does not always denote an overdose, but about 75 percent of recorded incidents are likely overdoses.

Visitors to the website can apply different filters to the map, viewing the use over different years and times of day. This helps give an expansive picture of the state and how opioid overdoses have impacted Hoosier communities from 2014 to the present. This map gives additional insight and moves Indiana forward in the fight against the opioid epidemic.

New legislation passed during the 2018 legislative session is also helping combat reckless drug use. Those who deal or illegally manufacture drugs that lead to the death of a user can now be charged with the highest possible felony and the number of treatment locations increased from 18 to 27 so that any Hoosier is now within an hour’s drive of receiving help.

First responders, lawmakers and organizations like the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse are working together to create a united front against the opioid epidemic. Each of us can join in the fight by staying informed and encouraging friends and family with addictions to find help. Those struggling can call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 or visit www.samhsa.gov.

To learn view the heatmap, click here.

 

Encouraging the next generation of Hoosier teachers

Teachers dedicate over 900 hours to the classroom each school year, inspiring the next generation to succeed personally, academically and professionally.

In Indiana, current high school seniors who wish to follow in their teachers’ footsteps and pursue a degree in education can apply for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship.

This scholarship provides up to 200 students with renewable scholarships of $7,500 for up to 4 years. Scholarship recipients must commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years upon graduation.

With this program, more high-achieving students will hopefully pursue a teaching career and work in Indiana classrooms as they keep their college costs down and share their talents in Hoosier schools.

Applicants need to be in the highest 20 percent of their high school graduating class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. Along with good grades, those interested must be nominated by a teacher and submit a nomination form with their application, which is available at ScholarTrack.IN.gov. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 30.

For more information and to apply, visit www.LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher.

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