STATEHOUSE (Oct. 5, 2016) – State Rep. Wes Culver (R-Goshen) announced the launch of a new scholarship program designed to incentivize top-performing high school students to pursue a career teaching in Indiana’s classrooms.
Culver supported a new law this year establishing the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship. Beginning Nov. 1, both incoming and current college students studying education can apply for the grant, which awards $7,500 per year toward college costs to those who commit to teaching in Indiana's public or private schools for five years after graduating.
“This scholarship will encourage our best and brightest to become teachers and cultivate the love of learning in the next generation of Hoosier students,” Culver said. “My hope is that this new program will give college graduates from Elkhart County an incentive to live in our community and put their education degrees to work.”
The scholarship is available to 200 students statewide 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. Graduates must obtain their teaching license and teach in Indiana for five consecutive years.
Students interested in applying must be nominated by a teacher and submit their nomination form to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Students are encouraged to complete the nomination form before the application period opens.
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education recently implemented this new program and launched a promotional campaign to spread awareness. Students can visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/NextTeacher for information and to submit an application before the deadline on Dec. 31. The commission is also expected to launch TV, radio and digital advertisements.
State Rep. Wes Culver represents House District 49, which includes portions of Elkhart County.
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