Arnold: Scholarships available to assist future Hoosier educators

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Thursday, September 21, 2017 1:57 pm

Excellent teachers help our young Hoosiers develop into strong leaders. Studies show that high-quality, passionate teachers are one of the most important factors in student achievement and can make a major difference in the lives of their students. With the goal of bringing Indiana’s best and brightest into the profession, the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship is available for high-achieving scholars pursuing a career in education.

Each year, up to 200 scholarships of $7,500 are available to Hoosier students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years after graduation. The scholarships are renewable for up to four years, covering up to a total of $30,000 in tuition costs. Indiana needs more qualified and capable teachers to fill the open positions in our schools, and this scholarship is a way to encourage students to enter the profession.

In order to be eligible for this award, applicants must meet certain academic requirements. Individuals must be ranked in the top 20 percent of their high school class at the time of application or score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 30 and interviews with prospective recipients will likely begin early next year. Those who have earned the scholarship will be notified by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education in April of 2018 and can apply their scholarship to the 2018-19 school year.

Students interested in applying need to be nominated by a teacher and submit a nomination form along with their application. Applicants are also required to complete a short writing prompt about their interest in teaching and the qualities they believe make an effective teacher. Students can visit for more information on the application process.

Students are put in a better position to succeed if they are taught by highly effective educators throughout their academic careers, and the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship will help strengthen our pipeline of outstanding teachers. I encourage any interested individuals in our area to apply for this opportunity. You can contact my office with any questions or comments at 317-232-9793 or


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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