The deadline to apply for the Next Generation Teacher Scholarship is almost here. The Indiana Commission for Higher Education launched the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship in early November and the application deadline is Dec. 31. This great opportunity is designed to incentivize our best and brightest high school graduates to pursue degrees in teaching.
Our schools depend on Indiana’s universities and colleges to help maintain a pipeline of outstanding teachers. Earlier this year, we passed legislation, which received nearly unanimous bipartisan support, that created a program to keep more teaching graduates right here in the Hoosier State.
Both incoming and current college students studying education can apply for the scholarship, which awards up to $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. The scholarship is available to 200 students statewide each year who either graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school 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.
Students interested in applying 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 more information and to submit an application before the Dec. 31 deadline.
Through this program, we can both encourage and enable our high-achieving students to enter the teaching field without the fear of heavy college debt. By keeping smart, hardworking Hoosiers in our classrooms, we can help ensure our children receive the best education possible.
Please contact me with any questions or input at 317-232-9684 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more about the work being done at the Statehouse by signing up to receive my email updates at www.in.gov/h73.
State Rep. Steve Davisson represents House District 73, which includes Washington County
and portions of Orange, Lawrence, Jackson, Clark and Harrison counties.
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