Apply now for work-based learning scholarships


by Wendy McNamara

Apply now for work-based learning scholarships

According to the National Skills Coalition, about 58% of jobs in Indiana require skills training beyond a high school diploma, but not a four-year degree.  
All students should be able to pursue educational opportunities that prepare them for what comes after graduation. Hoosier high school students who want to pursue work-based learning and credentials should apply for a Career Scholarship Account, which were established and expanded through legislation I co-authored.  

Hoosier students in 10th, 11th and 12th grades at a state accredited public or private school can receive up to a $5,000 state-funded scholarship to pursue apprenticeships, applied learning experiences, work-based learning and credentials attainment. About 2,000 spots are available for the 2024-2025 school year and students can apply for a Career Scholarship Account until the Oct. 1 deadline. 

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 will participate in joint career and technical education, modern youth apprenticeships, registered apprenticeships or an Indiana College Core program by an approved CSA participating entity.

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

  • Class expenses for student’s apprenticeships/internship program;
  • Postsecondary education and/or training;
  • Equipment for student’s apprenticeship/internship program;
  • Certification and credentialing examinations;
  • Career coaching and navigation services;
  • Driver’s license; and
  • Transportation.

Courses and classes include a variety of topics like accounting, carpentry, cybersecurity, information technology, software development and veterinary science. A full list of approved courses, educational experiences and participating entities can be found here.