Communities across the state depend on firefighters and EMS personnel to keep them safe. Many of these emergency responders are volunteers and we need more people to serve. In an effort to boost rosters at volunteer fire departments and volunteer EMS agencies, Ivy Tech Community College is offering free tuition to students who actively volunteer.

The Ivy Tech Community College Public Safety Scholarship is available for any degree-seeking student who is an active volunteer firefighter or EMS personnel. They can attend classes on a full-time or part-time basis.

Ivy Tech, with more than 40 locations across Indiana, is piloting this two-year program at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Following the 2021-2022 school year, data on the program will go to the state to assess involvement, benefits and consider expanding the program in the future.

Many volunteer firefighters have other full-time jobs, and some may be looking to jumpstart or further advance their careers. Completing college courses at Ivy Tech can help them meet their goals, while saving money and protecting our communities.

The scholarship will cover tuition and technology fees for all credited programs at Ivy Tech, except for flight, aviation and general studies. Students are required to provide documentation to the registrar’s office that they volunteer as a firefighter or EMS personnel to qualify.

These volunteer departments are vital to protecting our homes and families, and this scholarship is a great step in thanking them for their service while attracting others to the field.

Click here for more information on the scholarship, applications and other financial aid opportunities.