Hendricks County lawmakers: New career scholarships can open doors for Hoosier high school students

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 27, 2023) – Hendricks County lawmakers encourage local high school students who want to pursue work-based learning and credentials outside the classroom to apply for the state’s newly launched Career Scholarship Account program.

State Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) said Hoosier students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades at a state accredited public or private school can receive up to $5,000 to access qualified training opportunities. About 1,000 spots are available for the 2023-2024 school year and students can apply for a Career Scholarship Account until the Oct. 1 deadline.

“It’s important that all students can pursue educational opportunities that prepare them for what comes after graduation,” Thompson said. “We’re very excited to launch this program helping young Hoosiers achieve success, no matter their career goals.”

State Rep. Craig Haggard (R-Mooresville) said Career Scholarship Accounts are available to high school students who are enrolled in a course or educational experience approved by the Indiana Department of Education. Eligible students may also be enrolled in an apprenticeship, applied learning experience, work-based learning and/or credential attainment experience approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

“Financial barriers shouldn’t stand in the way of a student pursuing a work-based learning experience that could lead to a promising career right out of high school,” Haggard said. “These scholarships can benefit young Hoosiers seeking to learn skills that can give them a head start in the workforce.”

Approved students will receive $5,000 over four disbursements and can use the money toward certain qualified expenses:

  • Expenses to enroll in and attend sequences, courses, apprenticeships, or programs of study;
  • Career coaching and navigation services;
  • Postsecondary education and training;
  • Transportation and equipment;
  • Certification and credentialing examinations; and 
  • Any other expenses approved by the Treasurer of the State.

According to State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon), approved courses and classes, which are listed on the online application, can be in accounting, cybersecurity, information technology, software development, veterinary science and more.

“Hendricks County is home to many talented high schoolers who plan to learn a trade or earn a credential, and could benefit from this scholarship,” Steuerwald said. “The deadline to apply is quickly approaching so students need to complete their applications soon and not miss out.”

State Rep. Becky Cash (R-Zionsville) said the State Board of Education is also reviewing high school diploma requirements to provide more flexibility in a student’s schedule, so they can pursue work-based learning and apprenticeship experiences.

“Hands-on opportunities teach young Hoosiers essential skills that prepare them for the next stages of their life,” Cash said. “This scholarship can help our students have a pathway to success, whether that’s entering the workforce upon graduation, pursuing additional training or attending college.”

To learn more about Career Scholarship Accounts and enroll before the Oct. 1 deadline, click here. For more information, visit in.gov/tos/csa, email CSA@tos.in.gov or call 317-232-0723.

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