Cook: Local students receive first-ever educator scholarship

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, May 18, 2017 3:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (May 18, 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. Tony Cook (R-Cicero).

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

“I want to congratulate these hard-working students on receiving this scholarship that will help them pursue their degree in education,” said Cook, vice-chair of the House Committee on Education. “This opportunity allows these individuals to go into the teaching profession with a bit of financial help.”

According to Cook, 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 Delaware, Grant, Hamilton, Howard and Madison counties: 

Delaware County

  • LaShonica Smith, Muncie Central High School, University of Indianapolis

Grant County

  • Payton Blair, Marion High School, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Emily Knight, Eastbrook High School, Taylor University

Hamilton County

  • Elizabeth Borlik, Carmel High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Madeline Hayward, Noblesville High School, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Olivia Kegley, Hamilton Southeastern High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Brittany Mayfield, Noblesville High School, Ball State University
  • Elizabeth Miller, Carmel High School, Purdue University West Lafayette
  • Olivia Miller, Carmel High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Kathryn Myers, Hamilton Southeastern High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Sarah Nicholas, Fishers High School, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Alexandria Wible, Carmel High School, Hanover College

Howard County

  • Elyssa DeAngulo, Eastern High School, Ball State University
  • Jennifer Keith, Eastern High School, Taylor University
  • Demitra Novinger, Kokomo High School, Ball State University

Madison County

  • Madelynn Baker, Frankton Junior-Senior High School, Ball State University
  • Hannah Chinn, Lapel High School, Ball State University
  • Kaitlynn Ketring, Pendleton Heights High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Olivia Landes, Anderson High School, Ball State University
  • Michael Stottlemyer, Anderson Preparatory Academy, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

“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 www.LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for more information. 

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State Rep. Tony Cook (R-Cicero) represents House District 32, which includes all of Tipton County and portions of Hamilton, Madison, Delaware, Howard and Grant counties.

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