Huntington County students receive future educator scholarship

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

STATEHOUSE (May 22, 2019) – Several aspiring teachers from Huntington County were recently selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).

Leonard 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.

“Retaining some of our state’s best and brightest prospective teachers will continue to support Indiana’s strong educational system,” Leonard said. “These scholarships are designed to help Indiana keep its top teaching talent.”

According to Leonard, 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.

Nearly 400 students applied this year, and 200 scholarships were awarded to students across the state, including these recipients from Huntington County:

  • Jessica Ditton, Huntington North High School, Taylor University;
  • Eli Ernst, Concordia Lutheran High School, Purdue University;
  • Cheyenne Karst, Huntington North High School, Purdue University-Fort Wayne; and
  • Grace Richert, Bishop Luers High School, Marian 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. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) represents House District 50, which
includes all of Huntington County and portions of Allen and Wells counties.

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