Area lawmakers announce local students receive $7,500 teaching scholarships

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, May 11, 2020 3:35 pm

STATEHOUSE (May 11, 2020) — Two Bartholomew County students pursuing a career in education recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Reps. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) and Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville).

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 as a result of legislation passed in 2016.

"This program is a great opportunity for students to get ahead financially as they work toward their degree in education," Lauer said. "I appreciate their choices to pursue teaching careers. These aspiring educators will accomplish so much as classroom leaders in Indiana."

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.

"Teaching is such an important career, and these Hoosiers will help shape the minds of students and prepare them for the world," Eberhart said. "This scholarship is an excellent chance for our talented, hard-working aspiring educators to use their skills in Indiana classrooms."

More than 350 students applied and several scholarships were recently awarded to local students. Recipients include Columbus East High School senior Anna Emmert, who plans to attend Indiana University Bloomington, and Hauser Jr-Sr High School graduate Emma Watkins, who currently attends Purdue University West Lafayette.

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

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State Rep. Ryan Lauer (R-Columbus) represents House District 59,
which includes portions of Bartholomew County.
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State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) represents House District 57,
which includes Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties.

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