May invites aspiring teachers to apply for scholarship

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Thursday, October 24, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Oct. 24, 2019) – State Rep. Chris May (R-Bedford) 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.

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

“Indiana needs more talented people who want to instill a love of learning in our children,” May said. “This scholarship offers a tremendous incentive for students who want to impact the next generation while teaching in Hoosier classrooms.” 

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. May 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. Chris May (R-Bedford) represents House District 65, which includes all of
Brown County, most of Lawrence County and parts of Monroe, Jackson and Johnson counties.
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