Local lawmakers announce Montgomery County recipient of $7,500 teaching scholarship

Posted by: Courtney Heiden  | Friday, April 24, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 24, 2020) — North Montgomery High School senior Sierrah Chapman recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Reps. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) and Sharon Negele (R-Attica).

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 Negele and Brown supported.

"With this scholarship, Sierrah will save significantly on college costs as she prepares to teach in Hoosier classrooms," Brown said. "This is a great opportunity for our state's top-notch students to manage their higher education expenses as they commit to educating the next generation."

Chapman was among more than 350 students who applied statewide and she plans on attending Ball State University this fall.

Negele 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% of their high school class or earn a score in the top-20th percentile on the SAT or ACT.

"Ensuring our children are taught by capable and talented teachers is vital to their future success," Negele said. "This scholarship has helped many students pursue this honorable profession in our state."

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 LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for more information.

-30-

State Rep. Tim Brown (R-Crawfordsville) represents House District 41,
which includes portions of Boone, Montgomery and Tippecanoe counties.
Click here to download a high-resolution photo.

State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica) represents House District 13, which includes all of Benton County, 
and portions of Fountain, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Tippecanoe, Warren and White counties. 
Click here for a high-resolution photo.