Allen County students receive future educator scholarship

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, May 22, 2019

STATEHOUSE (May 22, 2019) – Aspiring teachers from Allen County were recently selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, according to local lawmakers.

State Reps. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) and Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) supported legislation in 2016 creating the scholarship program. Carbaugh said top-performing students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years are eligible to receive $7,500 per year for up to four years to obtain a teaching license.

“This program is truly an investment in Indiana’s education system and the benefits are two-fold,” Carbaugh said. “This is a prime opportunity for committed teaching students to enter the workforce after graduation with reduced school debt, and help Indiana retain educators for a substantial length of time.”

According to State Rep. Dave Heine (R-Fort Wayne), 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 percent of their high school class, or earn a score in the top-20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. 

“As lawmakers, we continue to look for ways to retain top teaching talent and this program fits that criteria,” Heine said. “Beginning in 2021-22, we will see the first crop of future educators in our workforce, and this will help bolster our teacher ranks.”

“It is encouraging to see students from our area be able to take advantage of this program,” Morris said. “Like last year, we led all 92 counties with the most scholarship recipients. I hope that trend continues and we’re able to keep this young talent in our area as they graduate.”

Nearly 400 students applied this year, and 200 scholarships were awarded to students across the state, including these recipients from Allen County:

  • Jennifer Cruz, R. Nelson Snider High School, Ball State University;
  • Madison Grime, Carroll High School, Indiana University;
  • Maria Hayward, Prairie Heights Sr. High School, Manchester University;
  • Abbey Hohman, Blackhawk Christian Middle-High School, Indiana University;
  • Arielle Kinsey, Leo Jr./ Sr. High School, Purdue University-Fort Wayne;
  • Zara McCord, North Side High School, Ball State University;
  • Alexandra Moss, R. Nelson Snider High School, Ball State University;
  • Emily Oberley, Heritage Jr./Sr. High School, Purdue University-Fort Wayne;
  • Kyle Rogers, Northrop High School, Ball State University;
  • Caleb Roper, R. Nelson Snider High School, Purdue University-Fort Wayne;
  • Addison Schafer, North Side High School, Ball State University;
  • Jenna Sovine, New Haven High School, Ball State University; and
  • Danielle Tinkle, Homestead Senior High School, Ball State University.

“We are encouraged to see so many driven and prepared students applying for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “We look forward to the positive impact they will have in classrooms and school communities across Indiana.”

The 2020-2021 application will be available beginning in the fall. Visit www.LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for more information.

 

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State Rep. Martin Carbaugh (R-Fort Wayne) represents House

District 81, which includes a portion of Allen County.

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State Rep. Dave Heine (R-New Haven) represents House

District 85, which includes a portion of Allen County.

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State Rep. Bob Morris (R-Fort Wayne) represents House

District 83, which includes a portion of Allen County.

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