Eberhart announces local recipients of $7,500 teaching scholarship

Posted by: Lydia Kirschner  | Monday, May 11, 2020 3:26 pm

STATEHOUSE (May 11, 2020) — Area students pursuing a career in education recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville).

The statewide program awards scholarships to top-performing students who commit to teaching in Indiana for at least five years. Recipients receive $7,500 per year for up to four years to obtain a teaching license. The program began in 2017 thanks to legislation Eberhart supported.

"Teaching is such an important career, and these Hoosiers will help shape the minds of students and prepare them for the world," Eberhart said. "This scholarship is an excellent chance for our talented, hard-working aspiring educators to use their skills in Indiana classrooms."

More than 350 students applied and several scholarships were recently awarded to local students:

  • Hanna Baker, Shelbyville High School, University of Southern Indiana;
  • Julia Hamblen, Shelbyville High School, Purdue University West Lafayette; and
  • Hope Pruitt, Waldron Jr./Sr. High School, Ball State University.

 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% of their high school class or earn a score in the top-20th percentile on the SAT or ACT.

Eberhart said recipients must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year in order to continue receiving the four-year renewable scholarship totaling $30,000.

“Congratulations to all 200 students, who are on their way to becoming impactful, future Hoosier teachers,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “We know these students have the passion and determination to make a difference in classrooms across the state.”

The 2020-2021 application will be available in the fall. Visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for more information.


State Rep. Sean Eberhart (R-Shelbyville) represents House District 57,
which includes Shelby County and portions of Bartholomew and Hancock counties.

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