Ellington: Local students receive first-ever educator scholarship

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, May 17, 2017

 STATEHOUSE (May 17, 2017) — Local students planning to pursue a career in education are among the recipients of this year’s Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, according to State Rep. Jeff Ellington (R-Bloomington).

Ellington supported legislation creating this scholarship program last year to help incentivize top-performing students to pursue a career teaching in Hoosier classrooms. 

“Congratulations to the first-ever Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship winners,” Ellington said. “These individuals will do great work in our schools. It’s our hope this scholarship program will encourage more of our best and brightest students to stay here in Indiana for their teaching careers.”

According to Ellington, the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship pays $7,500 per year for up to four years to students who obtain their teaching license and commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years. The scholarship is available to 200 high-achieving high school and college students 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.

Over 600 students applied, and 200 scholarships were awarded to highly qualified students across the state, including these recipients from Daviess, Greene and Monroe counties:

Daviess County

  • Cassie Atchley, North Daviess Junior/Senior High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Sarah Norton, Washington High School, University of Southern Indiana
  • Noah Ross, Barr-Reeve Middle/High School, University of Southern Indiana

Greene County

  • Jenny Wagner, White River Valley Jr./Sr. High School, University of Southern Indiana
  • Kayleigh Wiesmann, Linton-Stockton High School, Indiana State University

Monroe County

  • Garrett Crowe, Franklin County High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Megan Grabowski, Bloomington High School South, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Elena Herrera, Bloomington High School North, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Jacquelyn Parkes, Bloomington High School North, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Elizabeth VanAllen, Edgewood High School, University of Indianapolis

“The Commission wants to congratulate all 200 of the students who were chosen to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said. “We were encouraged by the high-quality applicants and know these future teachers will have a positive impact in Indiana classroom.”

The 2018-2019 application will be available beginning in the fall. Visit www.LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for more information. 

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Rep. Jeff Ellington represents House District 62, which includes

portions of Greene, Monroe, Martin and Daviess counties.

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