Lehman: Wells County students awarded future educator scholarship

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Thursday, May 3, 2018

STATEHOUSE (May 3, 2018) — Alexis Ramseyer and Ralyn Schwartz were selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne).

Ramseyer, a Bluffton High School graduate, attends Indiana State University. Schwartz is a student at Norwell High School and plans to attend Indiana Wesleyan University.

Lehman, who supported legislation creating this scholarship program, said the scholarship is awarded to top-performing students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years. Recipients will receive $7,500 per year for up to four years to obtain a teaching license.

“With this scholarship, Alexis and Ralyn will be able to cut their college costs as they prepare to enter the teaching profession,” Lehman said. “Others in the community who want to be a teacher and those who are currently pursuing a degree in education should also apply. This is a great opportunity to save thousands of dollars based off of a commitment to maintaining good grades and teaching in Indiana, and I believe there are others throughout Northeast Indiana who could benefit from this program.”

Lehman said 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. In order for students to continue receiving the scholarship in college, they must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year.

More than 500 students applied, and Ramseyer and Schwartz were among 200 highly qualified students from across the state who were recently awarded a scholarship.

“We’re encouraged to have so many driven, passionate students applying for this teacher scholarship, and we look forward to the positive impact they will have in classrooms and school communities across Indiana,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers.

The 2019-2020 application will be available beginning in the fall. Visit www.LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for more information.


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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