Ellington announces Greene County recipients of $7,500 teaching scholarship

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Wednesday, April 29, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 29, 2020) — Owen Valley Community High School senior Kenadee Koontz and North Daviess High School graduate Jeffrey Mayfield recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington).

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 supported by Ellington.

"Teachers are one of the biggest influences on our children outside of parents," Ellington said. "With this scholarship, Kenadee and Jeffrey will be pursuing this noble calling and staying in the Hoosier state."

More than 350 students applied. Koontz, of Solsberry, will attend Indiana State University and Mayfield, of Bloomfield, currently attends Indiana University Bloomington.

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.

Ellington 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. 

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State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington) represents House District 62, which includes
portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.
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