Mahan: Local students receive first-ever educator scholarship

Posted by: Samantha N Holifield  | Wednesday, May 17, 2017 9:26 am

STATEHOUSE (May 17, 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. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City).

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

“Hoosier educators are one of the driving forces behind our great state,” Mahan said. “Studies have shown that students who are passionate about learning are highly effective teachers, so it’s important that we continue to encourage high-achieving students to enter the classroom as a teacher. Congratulations to these future educators.” 

According to Mahan, 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 Blackford, Grant and Wells counties:

Blackford County

  • Kassidy Kaufman, Blackford High School, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Hannah Simmons, Blackford High School, Taylor University

Grant County

  • Payton Blair, Marion High School, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Emily Knight, Eastbrook High School, Taylor University

Wells County

  • Meghan Yencer, Southern Wells Jr.-Sr. High School, Franklin College

“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 for more information. 


State Rep. Kevin Mahan represents House District 31, which includes

Blackford County and portions of Delaware, Grant and Wells counties.

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