Bartels, Davisson: Orange County student receives educator scholarship

Posted by: Abrahm Hurt  | Wednesday, June 2, 2021

STATEHOUSE (June 2, 2021) – A local student preparing to become a teacher is among this year's recipients of the state's Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Reps. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) and Steve Davisson (R-Salem). 

The scholarship program, established in 2016 through legislation enacted by the General Assembly, awards $7,500 annually to 200 high-achieving students who commit to teaching in the state for at least 5 years after graduating college. 

"These scholarships encourage students to enter the teaching field and stay in our communities," Davisson said. "This program is a great way to alleviate some of the potential financial burdens of college so they can focus on growing their skills."  

According to Bartels, more than 400 students applied, and among this year's 200 awardees is Ashton Minton from Paoli Junior-Senior High School. 

"Southern Indiana is home to many great schools and talented teachers, who really care about their students' success," Bartels said. "Hopefully when Ashton finishes his degree, he will come back to Orange County to launch his teaching career and inspire our young Hoosiers."

Those qualifying for the renewable scholarship totaling up to $30,000 must graduate in the highest 20 percent of their high school class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. 

To learn more and apply for the next round of scholarships opening in the fall, visit


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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State Rep. Steve Davisson (R-Salem) represents House District 73, which includes
Washington County, and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties. 
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