Behning: Deadline to apply for educator scholarship is fast approaching

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, December 8, 2016 1:02 pm

STATEHOUSE (Dec. 8, 2016) — The deadline to apply for the Next Generation Teacher Scholarship, paying $7,500 per year for students pursuing a career in education, is Dec. 31, according to State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis).

Behning supported the creation of this scholarship to help incentivize top-performing students to pursue a career teaching in Hoosier classrooms. 

“To keep our schools and students moving in the right direction, we have to invest in our teachers,” said Behning. “This scholarship can relieve some of the financial burden felt by college students studying education as well as lessen their debt after they graduate and enter the teaching profession. It is our hope that the Next Generation Teacher Scholarship will attract and retain high-quality educators in Hoosier classrooms.”

The scholarship is available to 200 high-achieving high school and college students each year who either graduate in the top 20 percent of their class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. While in college, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year to continue receiving the grant. The Next Generation Teacher Scholarship pays $7,500 per year for up to four years to students who obtain their teaching license and commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years.

Eligible students must be nominated by a teacher and submit their nomination form to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Students can visit www.LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for information and to submit an application before the deadline on Dec. 31. 

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,

which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

A high-resolution photo of Behning can be downloaded by clicking here.