Lucas: Local students receive first-ever educator scholarship

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Friday, May 26, 2017

STATEHOUSE (May 26, 2017) — Local students planning to pursue a career in education are among the recipients of this year’s Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, according to State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour).

Lucas supported legislation creating this scholarship program last year to help incentivize top-performing students to pursue a career teaching in Hoosier classrooms. 

“The most important factor in a student’s success is an outstanding teacher in the classroom,” Lucas said. “These deserving individuals are our future; I wish them luck in their next steps in becoming Hoosier teachers.”

According to Lucas, the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship pays $7,500 per year for up to four years to students who obtain their teaching license and commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years. The scholarship is available to 200 high-achieving high school and college students each year who either graduate in the top 20 percent of their class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT.

Over 600 students applied, and 200 scholarships were awarded to highly qualified students across the state, including these recipients from Bartholomew and Jackson counties: 

Bartholomew County

  • Annamarie Ashbrook, Hauser Junior-Senior High School, Ball State University
  • Grace Hester, Columbus North High School, Taylor University
  • Adam Ruble, Columbus North High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Casey Weisner, Columbus East High School, Ball State University

Jackson County

  • Brittany Isaacs, Brownstown Central High School, University of Indianapolis
  • Victoria Mahoney, Seymour Senior High School, Indiana State University

“The Commission wants to congratulate all 200 of the students who were chosen to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said. “We were encouraged by the high-quality applicants and know these future teachers will have a positive impact in Indiana classroom.”

The 2018-2019 application will be available beginning in the fall. Visit www.LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for more information. 

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State Rep. Jim Lucas (R-Seymour) represents House District 69, which includes

portions of Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings and Jefferson counties.

A high-resolution photo of Lucas can be downloaded by clicking here.