Bartels: Scholarships for aspiring teachers

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Friday, December 4, 2020

Teachers have a lasting impact on children's lives, helping to shape the minds of future generations. To help recruit more Hoosier educators and reduce the cost of college tuition, Indiana offers future teachers a scholarship that can be used to pay for tuition and other school-related expenses. High school seniors and current college students pursuing teaching as a career should apply for the state's Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship.

The scholarship is a renewable four-year award, providing students with $7,500 each academic year, for up to $30,000. After graduating college, students are required to teach in Indiana for the first five years of their career at an eligible Indiana school. High school seniors, as well as college freshmen and sophomores, are eligible to apply for 1 of 200 scholarships before the Jan. 31, 2021, deadline.

Since the program started in 2016, more than 500 recipients are currently in classes studying to become teachers, and over 40 have graduated and are on track to become licensed educators. Here in Crawford, Dubois, Orange, Perry and Spencer counties, 10 students have received the scholarship.

Educators are a valuable part of our community, and I want to be able to represent their needs to the best of my ability. Jody French of Perry Central School Corp., Dan Scherry of North Spencer School Corp., John Scioldo of Tell City School Corp. and Jill Stutzman of Crawford County Community Schools have all been instrumental in educating me on the needs of teachers, administrators and school corporations along with providing suggestions to enhance students' education. Teachers are one of the most important people in a child's life, and we need talented individuals to pursue this rewarding career. Offering one of the largest state scholarships to aspiring educators will encourage our best and brightest to enter this worthwhile career field and stay in Indiana, where they can build a life and invest in our communities.

Eligible students interested in applying must submit the application and supplemental material by Jan. 31, 2021. For program requirements, a complete list of eligible Indiana institutions both to receive a degree from and teach at, and the application, visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher. Applicants will hear from the Indiana Commission for Higher Education via email by March 19, 2021.

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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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