Arnold: Local students receive first-ever educator scholarship

Posted by: Tori Klimczak  | Friday, May 19, 2017 9:03 am

STATEHOUSE (May 19, 2017) — Local students planning to pursue a career in education are among the recipients of this year’s Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, according to State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth).

Arnold supported legislation creating this scholarship program last year to help incentivize top-performing students to pursue a career teaching in Hoosier classrooms. 

“High-quality educators are a major factor in forming the most successful students,” Arnold said. “With this scholarship program, we are hoping to bring some of the top graduating seniors into the profession and into Indiana classrooms to inspire student success. Congratulations to the future teachers who earned this award.”

According to Arnold, the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship pays $7,500 per year for up to four years to students who obtain their teaching license and commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years. The scholarship is available to 200 high-achieving high school and college students each year who either graduate in the top 20 percent of their class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT.

Over 600 students applied, and 200 scholarships were awarded to highly qualified students across the state, including these recipients from Crawford, Dubois and Spencer counties:

Crawford County

  • Jenna Ford,  Crawford County High School, Indiana State University

Dubois County

  • Melinda Hopf, Jasper High School, University of Evansville
  • Ashton Knies, Northeast Dubois High School, Purdue University West Lafayette
  • Melanie Roberts, Northeast Dubois High School, Indiana State University

Spencer County

  • Rachel Hassfurther, Heritage Hills High School, Indiana State University
  • Sydney Scherry, Heritage Hills High School, Indiana State University

“The Commission wants to congratulate all 200 of the students who were chosen to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said. “We were encouraged by the high-quality applicants and know these future teachers will have a positive impact in Indiana classroom.”

The 2018-2019 application will be available beginning in the fall. Visit for more information. 


State Rep. Lloyd Arnold (R-Leavenworth) represents House District 74, which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.

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