Lehman invites aspiring teachers to apply for scholarship

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Wednesday, September 11, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Sept. 11, 2019) – State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) encourages aspiring teachers planning or pursuing a degree in education to apply for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship.

Current high school seniors, college freshmen and college sophomores can earn a renewable scholarship of up to $7,500 each year for four academic years, totaling $30,000. Scholarship recipients must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year, and commit to teaching for five consecutive years in Indiana after earning their degree.

Lehman supported legislation establishing the scholarship in order to attract more high-achieving students to pursue a career in Hoosier classrooms.

“We want to encourage those with a passion for teaching to head off to college knowing they will start their careers in Hoosier classrooms,” Lehman said. “Many of us had teachers who had an enormous impact on our lives, and I know there are talented students in our community who would be great teachers and role models for future generations.”

Applicants must be in the top 20 percent of their high school graduating class or have earned a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. Interested students should be nominated by a teacher and submit a nomination form with their application, which is available at ScholarTrack.IN.gov.

The scholarship has already helped more than 40 Hoosiers become licensed teachers. Last year, 393 students applied, with applications from 212 high schools representing 82 of Indiana’s 92 counties.

To apply before the Nov. 30 deadline, visit www.LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher. Lehman said finalists will be named by Jan. 10, 2020, to be interviewed in Indianapolis on March 14, 2020. Recipients will be notified by April 3, 2020.

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State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) represents House District 79,
which includes all of Adams County and portions of Allen and Wells counties.
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