Negele: West Lebanon student receives $7,500 teaching scholarship

Posted by: Wade Coggeshall  | Monday, April 27, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 27, 2020) — A Seeger Memorial High School student pursuing a career in education recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. Sharon Negele (R-Attica).

Abigail Simpson of West Lebanon is one of 200 scholarship recipients and will attend Ball State University. More than 350 students applied.

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 to obtain a teaching license. The program began in 2017 thanks to legislation supported by Negele.

"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."

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.

Negele said 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 for more information. 


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. 
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