Knox County lawmakers announce local recipients of $7,500 teaching scholarship

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall and Jordan Wallace  | Monday, April 27, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 27, 2020) — Lincoln High School student Megan Gardner and North Knox Jr-Sr High School student Brianna Page recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to local legislators.

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 State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) supported.

"Shaping future leaders in the classroom is one of the most important callings," Borders said. "This scholarship is a great opportunity for some of our best students, like Megan and Brianna, to make teaching their career."

According to State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch), 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.

"Megan and Brianna are top-performing students who will be giving back to our communities and teaching in our schools," Hostettler said. "When the best and brightest lead the classroom, they can have a significant impact on helping younger generations succeed."

Gardner and Page were among more than 350 students who applied statewide. Gardner is a student at the University of Southern Indiana, and Page will start there this fall.

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.

“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 for more information.


State Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) represents House District 45, which includes
all of Sullivan County and portions of Vigo, Greene, Knox and Daviess counties.
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State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch) represents House District 64,
which includes Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.
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