Johnson County students receive future educator scholarship

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, May 16, 2019 2:00 pm

STATEHOUSE (May 16, 2019) – Aspiring teachers from Johnson County were recently selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Reps. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) and John Young (R-Franklin).

Burton, who supported legislation in 2016 creating the scholarship program, 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. 

“Our community is home to some of the best schools with many talented educators,” Burton said. “In order to continue setting students up for success, we need innovative teachers in our classroom. This scholarship is an excellent way to help young Hoosiers achieve their career goals and keep Indiana moving forward.” 

According to Young, 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.

“Educators are so important to student success,” Young said. “From academics to life skills, teachers help prepare young adults for life outside the classroom. These future teachers will leave a lasting impact on our state and students, and I wish them all the best as they pursue this rewarding career.”

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

  • Abigail Allen, Whiteland Community High School, Indiana University Bloomington;
  • Caroline Marot, Greenwood Community High School, Indiana University Bloomington;
  • Ethan Rather, Franklin Community High School, Hanover College; and
  • Taylor Tatlock, Southwestern High School, undecided. 

“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. Woody Burton (R-Whiteland) represents House District 58,
which includes a portion of Johnson County.
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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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