Around the House


December 2018

Nominate A Longstanding Business

Indiana companies play an important role in making our state one of the nation’s top destinations for business, and they deserve to be recognized.

The Governor’s Century and Half Century Business Awards honor Indiana businesses that have remained in operation for at least 100 or 50 years, respectively, and have demonstrated a commitment to serving the community. Businesses eligible for an award are encouraged to complete the online application by Feb. 21.

Winners will be invited to the Indiana Statehouse in the spring for an award ceremony where Gov. Eric Holcomb will recognize their achievements and present them with a commemorative certificate.

For more information on qualifying criteria, visit the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s website.

Indiana House Page Program

Hoosier students are invited to spend a day at the Indiana Statehouse.

The Indiana House Page Program provides a unique hands-on experience, helping students learn how state laws are made while inspiring the next generation of leaders to get involved in public service. To be a page, applicants should be between the ages of 13 and 18, which is typically grades six through 12.

Students participating in this interactive, educational experience receive an excused absence from school. While at the Statehouse, House pages tour historical sites like the House and Senate chambers, the Indiana Supreme Court and the governor’s office. They have the opportunity to meet their state representative and observe the legislative session in the House chamber, where they can listen to debates on important policy issues. Pages are also assigned age-appropriate tasks like delivering important messages and sorting files.

House pages are scheduled to visit on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays for the duration of the legislative session, which begins Jan. 3 and concludes by April 30. Large groups and clubs can be scheduled to page together, typically on Wednesdays. If you would like to schedule participating siblings and friends together, please be sure to note that preference when signing up.

Page positions fill quickly, so please be sure to sign up early by clicking here.

Give the Gift of Higher Education

Looking for a last-minute gift for the holidays? Investing in a child’s future has never been easier.

Indiana’s CollegeChoice 529 Direct Savings Plan helps families save for college expenses. These plans make it easy to start saving for higher education early with flexible investment options, a generous state tax incentive for contributions to a savings account, an affordable minimum contribution amount of $10, and easy ways for families and friends to contribute.

Accounts grow tax-free as long as the money is withdrawn to pay for qualified education expenses like books, tuition, room and board, computers, and other fees. Account beneficiaries may use their savings at any college or university that accepts federal financial aid, not just Indiana institutions.

Thanks to Indiana’s CollegeChoice 529 Plans, more than $4.5 billion has been invested in more than 350,000 accounts, helping make higher education more accessible for young Hoosiers.

To learn more or to open a CollegeChoice 529 account, click here.

Scholarships available to future engineers

The Indiana Department of Transportation is offering a number of scholarships and paid positions to civil engineering students for the 2019-2020 school year.

The scholarship program offers $3,125 per semester or $2,083 per trimester for up to five years of post-secondary civil engineering education, which can be used on educational expenses, fees and books. Recipients will work in full-time, paid positions with INDOT during summer breaks and upon graduation.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be accepted or enrolled in one of Indiana’s certified civil engineering schools, which include Purdue University Fort Wayne, Purdue University, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Trine University, University of Evansville, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern Indiana and Valparaiso University.

Click here to learn more and apply. Applications are due by Monday, Dec. 31.

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