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Lawmakers announce local recipients of $7,500 teaching scholarships

 

A pair of local students pursuing careers in education recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Reps. Steve Davisson, R-Salem, and Karen Engleman, R-Georgetown.

The statewide program awards scholarships to top-performing students who commit to teaching in Indiana for at least five years. Recipients receive $7,500 per year for up to four years of college to obtain a teaching license. The program began in 2017, thanks to legislation Davisson supported.

“Teachers are important leaders in our schools and communities,” Davisson said. “They have an influential role in shaping and preparing students, and this scholarship keeps some of the brightest and best upcoming educators here in our state.”

According to Engleman, the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is available to 200 high-achieving high school and college students each year who either graduate in the top 20% of their high school class or earn a score in the top-20th percentile on the SAT or ACT.

“This scholarship is an opportunity for aspiring teachers to get a financial head start on their college education,” Engleman said. “It is important we keep strong teachers in our state, and this program helps talented Hoosiers share their skills and passion for learning with our students.”

Caroline Boman, a senior at Corydon Central High School, and Tucker Wheatley, a senior at North Harrison High School, were selected from among more than 350 students who applied for this round of scholarships. Boman will attend Indiana Wesleyan University, and Wheatley will attend Ball State University.

Recipients must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year in order to continue receiving the four-year renewable scholarship totaling $30,000.

“Congratulations to all 200 students, who are on their way to becoming impactful, future Hoosier teachers,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “We know these students have the passion and determination to make a difference in classrooms across the state.”

The 2020-21 application will be available in the fall. Visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for more information.

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