Baird: Cloverdale student receives $7,500 teaching scholarship

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Friday, April 24, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 24, 2020) — A Cloverdale High School student pursuing a career in education recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle).

Caitlynn Kendall of Cloverdale is one of 200 scholarship recipients. She will attend Ball State University. More than 350 students applied.

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 to obtain a teaching license. The program began in 2017.

"With teachers having such a profound impact on future generations, it's imperative we have the best students replenishing the great leadership we already have in our classrooms," Baird said. "This scholarship is a tremendous help for those wanting to pursue a career in education."

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.

Baird said 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. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) represents House District 44, which includes
all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.
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