BLOOMINGTON – Just over one year ago, the Duke Energy Foundation partnered with Ivy Tech Community College to establish a scholarship in addiction studies. The Duke Energy Scholarship was established to grow the workforce in addiction counseling and address the opioid crisis in South and West Central Indiana. The College was awarded $175,000 to offer the Duke Energy Scholarship, which provides eligible students the opportunity to receive free training to become licensed addiction counselors.

Eligibility requirements have recently been expanded to include Monroe County, and Ivy Tech is accepting scholarship applications now for the Fall 2020 Semester that starts on Aug. 24. Addictions studies coursework can be completed almost entirely online.

Upon completion of the training program, students will be eligible to take the Licensed Addictions Counselor (LAC) exam to gain professional licensure. The scholarship covers 100% of remaining tuition, books, and fees, after all other financial aid has been applied.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Recipients must work in the counties of Monroe, Greene, Owen, Vigo, Clay, Gibson, Hendricks, Knox, Parke, Putnam, Sullivan or Vermillion. Preference will be given to those who also reside in one of these counties.
  • Recipients must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher.
  • Recipients must be pursuing a certificate (CT) or technical certificate (TC) in addiction studies in order to work in this specialized field of human services.

For more details and to submit a free application for the Duke Energy Scholarship, visit Ivy Tech classes start Monday, Aug. 24.

Duke Energy Indiana

Duke Energy Indiana, a subsidiary of Duke Energy, provides about 6,600 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 840,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it Indiana’s largest electric supplier.

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The foundation contributed more than $2 million in charitable gifts to Indiana in 2019, funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars. More information about the foundation and its Powerful Communities program can be found at

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College is Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana and also serves thousands of students annually online. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering associate degrees, long- and short-term certificate programs, industry certifications, and training that aligns with the needs of the community. The College provides a seamless transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana, as well as out of state, for a more affordable route to a bachelor's degree.