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Partners for Clean Air Scholarship

The Partners for Clean Air scholarship allows the Partners for Clean Air (PCA) to give back to the Northwest Indiana community by helping qualified students succeed in post-secondary education goals aligned with clean air and public health. In 2022, PCA will offer one or more scholarship award(s) in the amount of $2,500 to help with post-secondary education expenses. The scholarship(s) will be awarded in May, with a one-time financial distribution occurring in August before the start of classes.


To be considered for a Partners for Clean Air Scholarship, applicants must:

  1. Timely submit the PCA Scholarship Application (available on the IDEM Forms page);
  2. At the time of application, be a senior at a high school in Lake, Porter or LaPorte counties, Indiana and be on track to graduate;
  3. Have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA;
  4. Be attending an accredited college, university or trade school in the Fall of 2022; and
  5. Be pursuing a two-year or four-year college degree or two-year trade school certification or degree. Any applicant will be considered provided that the applicant demonstrates how his or her planned field of study supports the goals of Partners for Clean Air. Preference may be given to individuals pursuing a course of study in the environmental sciences.

Criteria Used for Awarding the Scholarship:

Applications will be accepted beginning on January 3, 2022. Consideration for this Scholarship opportunity will be limited to the first 100 applications received by Partners for Clean Air and/or those received by 5:00 PM (CST) on March 7, 2022, whichever comes first. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Partners for Clean Air. To be considered, applicants must meet the criteria identified above, with preference be given to students who have:

  1. Engaged in community service;
  2. Participated in environmental programs or clubs; and
  3. Demonstrated a sincere interest in improving air quality, as supported by the responses to the following questions in Part III of the application.
    1. Describe your involvement in community-based programs/organizations, environmental organizations or clubs, highlighting any leadership roles in which you served.
    2. Describe why clean air is important to you.
    3. Provide at least three ideas/concepts that you believe would help to reduce air pollution.
    4. Explain how, after graduating from your college or trade school, you see yourself implementing and/or participating in activities -- work related or social -- that you believe will help keep our air clean, protect the environment and provide for a better quality of life.
    5. Explain how you believe Northwest Indiana can achieve greater environmental justice and why doing so is important to you.

Note: IDEM, as coordinator of the Partners for Clean Air program, is collecting the applications. However, the scholarships are made available by the Partners for Clean Air Program. The Partners for Clean Air Steering Committee will evaluate and select the scholarship recipient(s).

2020 Partners for Clean Scholarship Award Winners

Pictured (starting from the left): Abigail Glover, Valparaiso High School; Taryn Schermer, LaLumiere High School

2021 Partners for Clean Scholarship Award Winners

Adelaide BrustQuentin FunderbergLucia Otten

Pictured (starting from the left): Adelaide Young Brust, South Central Jr.-Sr. High School; Quentin Funderburg, La Lumiere School; Lucia Otten, Valparaiso High School