It's a program in the making that's the first in Indiana and possibly the first in the nation, and it's happening right here in the Tri-State.
Helping build a new home while earning financial help is one thing, but receiving a free education is one heck of an offer.
It's now a reality for people living in Evansville Habitat homes thanks to Ivy Tech.
"As far as we know in Indiana for sure, it's the only partnership with higher education. It may be the only one in the country," said Habitat For Humanity of Evansville Executive Director, Beth Folz.
Buying a home is a dream that Habitat For Humanity has helped nearly 500 families realize in Evansville. Now they're working to help those families add an education to their community.
Starting this Fall scholarships are being offered to home owners that could quickly change lives.
"We've created scholarship funds in the amount of $10.000. $5,000 contributed by Ivy Tech, and $5,000 by Habitat to create a free community college education to at least five homeowner."
Ivy Tech Southwest Chancellor Johnathan Weinzapfel explained the scholarships the program just outside his office.
Working with Ivy Tech Southwest, the homeowners may carry over their appreciation from a new home, to a new affordable opportunity in the classroom. More motivation for already driven individuals.
"You cannot imagine how hard our family's work. It will allow for them to reach that next level of success in their life. That success breeds success," said Folz.
A gift that could last generations, the new program will also have an immediate impact on a new career opportunity in the industrial or medical field.
"There are some great professional and careers that are available with the right set of skills and educational background," added Weinzapfel.
The new partnership will got to work this Fall, helping Habitat not only build houses. They'll also be building a better community.
"Together we can create additional opportunities for these families, that Habitat can't provide itself," said Weinzapfel.
Those scholarships aren't the only new opportunities being provided to homeowners through Ivy Tech. A financial course all Habitat Homeowners have to complete before they get their keys, will now count as one college credit.
If you're interested in applying for a Habitat Home click the link here.
If you're a Habitat homeowner already and you're interested in the new education opportunity you can click on the link here.
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