Future educator scholarship awarded to local students

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Wednesday, May 2, 2018

STATEHOUSE (May 2, 2018) — Students in Hendricks County planning to pursue a career in education were selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Reps. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis), Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) and Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton).

The three Hendricks County-area representatives supported legislation creating this scholarship program. Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education, said the scholarship is awarded to top-performing students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years.

“Educators are the driving force behind student success,” Behning said. “This scholarship inspires the best and the brightest to enter the teaching profession and it is encouraging to see so many young Hoosiers entering college to earn their degree.”

Steuerwald said 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.

“This scholarship is one way we are trying to encourage Hoosier high school students to earn a degree in the state and stay here to teach,” Steuerwald said. “Congratulations to this group of future educators. I look forward to seeing them inspire the next generation of Indiana’s youth.”

Thompson said in order for students to continue receiving the scholarship in college, students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year. Recipients will receive $7,500 per year for up to four years to obtain a teaching license.

“Indiana’s youth may be the most precious resource we have,” said Thompson, chair of the K-12 Subcommittee of the House Committee on Ways and Means. “Teaching is a rewarding career and we wish these scholarship winners the best as they pursue their degree in education.”

More than 500 students applied, and 200 scholarships were recently awarded to highly qualified students across the state, including these recipients from Hendricks County:

  • Miranda Bieghler, South Putnam High School, Manchester University;
  • Jadah Coursey, Avon High School, Purdue University-West Lafayette;
  • Lauren Dennig, Avon High School, Purdue University-West Lafayette;
  • Kevin Gast, Brownsburg High School, Franklin College;
  • Brooke Hazel, Brownsburg High School, Butler University;
  • Jamie Lautenschlager, Plainfield High School, Purdue University-West Lafayette;
  • Gracelyn Miller, Plainfield High School, Purdue University-West Lafayette;
  • Kira Quartero, Avon High School, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis;
  • Claire Richardson, Brownsburg High School, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis;
  • Kathryn Thompson, Covenant Christian High School, Butler University;
  • Amanda Tobin, Brownsburg High School, Ball State University;
  • Megan Vukusich, Avon High School, Indiana University-Bloomington; and
  • Helen Zoss, Plainfield High School, Purdue University-West Lafayette.

“We’re encouraged to have so many driven, passionate students applying for this teacher scholarship, and we look forward to the positive impact they will have in classrooms and school communities across Indiana,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. 

The 2019-2020 application will be available beginning in the fall. Visit www.LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for more information.

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,

which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties.

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

State Rep. Greg Steuerwald (R-Avon) represents House District 40,

which includes a portion of Hendricks County.

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

State Rep. Jeff Thompson (R-Lizton) represents House District 28,
which includes portions of Hendricks and Boone Counties.

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