Area lawmakers announce Spencer County recipient of $7,500 teaching scholarship

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Monday, April 27, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 27, 2020) — Heritage Hills High School senior Shelby Miller recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Reps. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) and Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty).

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 a law Bacon supported.

"These funds are an extra incentive for Hoosiers to choose teaching as a career," Bacon said. "Shelby is a top student who will return to Indiana classrooms and prepare the next generation of young Hoosiers for success."

According to Bartels, 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.

"Our teachers are the very best of our state," Bartels said. "This scholarship fund supports future educators, like Shelby, by alleviating some of the financial burdens of college so she can focus on sharing her passion of learning with students."

Miller was among more than 350 students who applied statewide. She plans on attending Indiana University Bloomington this fall.

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 for more information.


State Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Warrick, Pike and Spencer counties.

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State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,
which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.
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