Johnson County lawmakers announce local students receive $7,500 teaching scholarships

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Monday, April 27, 2020 11:44 am

STATEHOUSE (April 27, 2020) — Several area students pursuing a career in education recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to Johnson County lawmakers.

State Rep. John Young (R-Franklin) said 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 of college to obtain a teaching license. The program began in 2017 thanks to legislation enacted by the General Assembly.

"Educators are critical to the development of our young Hoosiers," Young said. "Apart from parents, they teach students important skills and life lessons that will assist them for years to come. Our classrooms will benefit greatly from these aspiring teachers."

According to State Rep. Dollyne Sherman (R-Indianapolis), 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.

"These individuals represent the best our community has to offer," Sherman said. "Their passion for helping others learn is needed throughout the state. I wish these future teachers the best as they pursue their career goals."

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

  • Ian Hickey, from Franklin and a student at Franklin Community High School, will attend Purdue University West Lafayette;
  • Annabelle Hock, from Greenwood and a student at Perry Meridian High School, will attend Purdue University West Lafayette;
  • Kayla Kovacs, from Trafalgar and a student at Greenwood Christian Academy, will attend Taylor University;
  • Cash Nelson, from Morgantown and a student at Franklin Community High School, will attend Marian University;
  • Lauren Pendleton, from Franklin and a student at Indian Creek Sr High School, will attend Franklin College; and
  • Abigail Schooler, from Franklin and a student at Edinburgh Community High School, will attend Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis.

State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) 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.

"This scholarship has helped so many students who aspire to support young Hoosiers," May said. "It's reassuring to know our classrooms are led by such capable educators, with more future teachers able to receive a scholarship for years to come."

“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. Chris May (R-Bedford) represents House District 65, which includes all of
Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.
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State Rep. Dollyne Sherman (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 93,
which includes portions of Marion and Johnson counties.

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State Rep. John Young (R-Franklin) represents House District 47,
which includes portions of Johnson and Morgan counties.

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