State Rep. May: Students can now apply for $5K work-based learning scholarships

STATEHOUSE   State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) encourages high school students pursuing work-based learning and credentials to apply for a Career Scholarship Account.

May said Hoosier students in 10th, 11th, and 12th grades at a state-accredited public or private school could 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.

State Rep. Chris May

“Data shows that students learn and retain a tremendous amount from having experiences beyond the classroom,” May said. “Many students are better served with interactive educational options, which can lead to promising careers or set them up to pursue other credentials or training after graduation.”

Accounts are available to high school students 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.

Approved courses and classes include topics such as accounting, carpentry, cybersecurity, information technology, software development, and veterinary science.

A full list of approved courses, educational experiences, and participating entities can be found at

To learn more about Career Scholarship Accountsand enroll before the Oct. 1 deadline, visit, email or call 317-232-0723.

Local employers, trade associations, labor unions, and others interested in connecting with the next generation of talent can apply to host a CSA program or be a provider. Visit and click on “provider resources” for more information.