DeKalb County student receives future educator scholarship

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, May 22, 2019

STATEHOUSE (May 22, 2019) – Aspiring teacher Evan Lung from DeKalb High School was recently selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn).

Smaltz supported legislation in 2016 creating the scholarship program. He said top-performing students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years are eligible to receive $7,500 per year for up to four years to obtain a teaching license.

“I come from a family of educators and I’m sure each of them would have jumped at this opportunity,” Smaltz said. “This program will help empower tomorrow’s teachers as they start their careers to educate our children. These scholarship recipients will shape the very communities our children will inherit.”

According to Smaltz, the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is available to 200 high-achieving high school and college students 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.

Lung was among nearly 400 students who applied this year, with 200 scholarships awarded to students across the state.  

“I would like to congratulate Evan on this accomplishment,” Smaltz said. “It took hard work and dedication to be awarded this scholarship. He is well-deserving of this honor and I wish him well as he heads off to Indiana University.”

“We are encouraged to see so many driven and prepared students applying for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “We look forward to the positive impact they will have in classrooms and school communities across Indiana.”

 The 2020-2021 application will be available beginning in the fall. Visit for more information.


State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents all of

DeKalb County, and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

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