Gift aims to help address behavioral health workforce shortage
KOKOMO, Ind. – 4C Health, a comprehensive non-profit behavioral health care provider that has served the communities of rural north central Indiana for more than 45 years, has established a scholarship fund to support students in the Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College’s Kokomo Service Area.
“Many 4C Health employees, including me, got our start in human services with a community college,” said Carrie Cadwell, PsyD, 4C Health president and CEO. “The value of supporting students who are getting their educational start through a community college, like Ivy Tech, is immeasurable.
“We have a state and national behavioral health workforce shortage. In rural areas, even more so,” she continued. “Finding ways to develop students early on in their educational human services pathway is critical. Supporting local Ivy Tech human services students is an investment with the hope they stay local when their education is completed. We start this scholarship with the vision to grow it as we go forward.”
The scholarship opportunity will be available to students studying at a Kokomo Service Area campus or instructional site who reside in Cass, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Pulaski or Tipton counties. Programs covered include the Human Services technical certificate and associate degrees, along with credential in Addictive Studies and Social Work. Students must maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.0 and may use the scholarship for tuition and fees.
The 4C Health Human Services Scholarship program will provide $1,000 in funding for the school years of 2023-24 and 2024-25. Application is made through the Ivy Tech scholarship application process and preference will be given to students who complete a student experience/practicum with 4C Health.
Kelly Karickhoff, executive director of resource development for Ivy Tech Kokomo, said scholarship funding donated by Ivy Tech’s community partners provides critical support for students, noting the scholarship funding by 4C Health fits right into Ivy Tech’s commitment to prepare students to help meet the needs of our communities.
“Ivy Tech works hard to keep tuition and related costs as low as possible for our students,” Karickhoff said. “A scholarship of several hundred dollars can be all that’s needed to allow a student with family and financial challenges to achieve success.”
For more information on scholarship funding opportunities at Ivy Tech, contact Karickhoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-252-5501.