Bartels, Ledbetter: Spencer County students receive educator scholarship

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Wednesday, June 9, 2021

STATEHOUSE (June 9, 2021) – Several local students are among this year's recipients of the state's Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Reps. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) and Cindy Ledbetter (R-Newburgh).

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

"Southern Indiana is home to many great schools and talented teachers, who really care about their students' success," Bartels said. "Hopefully when these recipients finish their degrees, they will come back to Spencer County to launch their teaching careers and inspire our young Hoosiers."

Ledbetter said more than 400 students applied, and three Heritage Hills High School students are among this year's 200 scholarship recipients, including Grace Gasaway, Adam Guth and Cassidy Luecke.

"This scholarship is awarded to the top students across the state, which means those who receive it are hardworking, determined and ready to give back to their communities," Ledbetter said. "It's exciting to see some of the state's best and brightest training to be educators so they can pass their knowledge on to the next generation of 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. Cindy Ledbetter (R-Newburgh) represents House District 75, 
which includes portions of Pike, Spencer and Warrick counties.

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