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Indiana Homeland Security Foundation Scholarship Program

About the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation Scholarship Program

Funding for the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation comes from revenue from "Secure Indiana" license plate sales. The foundation, one of the first of its kind in the nation, provides financial support for critical public safety needs across Indiana. The foundation offers the Secure Indiana Scholarship to provide higher education financial assistance for Indiana students who wish to pursue a degree pertaining to public safety.

A full-time student with at least twelve (12) credit hours is eligible for a $2,000 scholarship, and a part-time student with at least six (6) hours is eligible for a $1,000 scholarship. The program funds are intended solely to reimburse eligible student educational expenses.

How to Apply for Scholarship

The application period is now closed.

Notice of Funding Opportunity 2021 Indiana Homeland Security Foundation Scholarship Program

The online FY21 Foundation Grant Program application is available and should be completed through IDHS' grants management system iGMS (https://oas.dhs.in.gov/hs/main.do).

Applicants without an active iGMS account should complete the following steps to obtain one:

  1. Complete the New iGMS User Form.
  2. Return the form to IDHS Grants Management by emailing it to grants@dhs.in.gov. Put "FY21 Scholarship: New iGMS user" as the email's subject line.

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An Indiana resident who is an incoming or continuing student who:

  1. Attends or will be attending an accredited Indiana college.
  2. Must have a grade point average of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  3. Volunteers at a public safety organization such as fire, law enforcement, emergency management or emergency medical services (validated by chief executive). IDHS will determine compliance eligibility. For more information on the compliance of an organization, contact the council coordinator.

Note: Applicants who are state employees or special state appointees are not eligible for a scholarship.

An application will require the following:

  1. Complete a foundation scholarship application form and include an official college or high school (for incoming freshman) transcript.
  2. A recommendation letter from the public safety organization’s chief executive describing the volunteer work completed by the applicant.
  3. A resume or list of past employment, awards, honors, and/or volunteer/service activities.
  4. A minimum 500-word essay describing why the applicant is applying for this scholarship and why the applicant believes volunteering is important.
  5. A completed Vendor Information Form (State Form 53788).