Behning: Local students receive first-ever educator scholarship

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, May 15, 2017 3:01 pm

STATEHOUSE (May 15, 2017) — Local students planning to pursue a career in education are among the recipients of this year’s Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, according to State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis). 

Behning supported legislation creating this scholarship program last year to help incentivize top-performing students to pursue a career teaching in Hoosier classrooms.  

“In order to provide the best education possible for our students, we must continue to invest in our teachers,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “Studies show that highly effective educators are high-achieving students, like these scholarship recipients. With this scholarship, it is our hope to grow our already great teaching profession and encourage more Hoosiers to consider a career in this field. Congratulations to these future teachers.” 

According to Behning, the Next Generation Hoosier Educator 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. 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.

Over 600 students applied, and 200 scholarships were awarded to highly qualified students across the state, including these recipients from Hendricks and Marion counties: 

Hendricks County

  • Kenneth Patterson, Avon High School, Ball State University
  • Andrew Shriner, Covenant Christian High School, Taylor University
  • Maisie Smith, Plainfield High School, University of Indianapolis
  • Nathan Stonebraker, Cascade Senior High School, Franklin College
  • Victoria Treash, Plainfield High School, Ball State University
  • Benjamin Wachnicki, Decatur Central High School, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Ceven Webb, Ben Davis High School, Ball State University
  • Josie Wilson, Tri-West Senior High School, Indiana University Bloomington 

Marion County

  • Hannah Dunco, North Central High School, Ball State University
  • Riley Hyatt, Southport High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Danielle Keeler, Southport High School, Purdue University West Lafayette
  • Alexa Knoderer, Lawrence North High School, Butler University
  • Matthew McGowen, Decatur Central High School, Undecided
  • Madelynn Mulinaro,  Roncalli High School, Marian University
  • Matthias Murphy, North Central High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Abigail Strahla, Beech Grove Sr. High School, Purdue University West Lafayette
  • Erin Thomas, Ben Davis High School, Ball State University

“The Commission wants to congratulate all 200 of the students who were chosen to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said. “We were encouraged by the high-quality applicants and know these future teachers will have a positive impact in Indiana classroom.” 

The 2018-2019 application will be available beginning in the Fall. Visit for more information. 


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

which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

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