Ober: Local students receive first-ever educator scholarship

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Thursday, May 18, 2017

STATEHOUSE (May 18, 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. Dave Ober (R-Albion).

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

“Congratulations to these future educators,” Ober said. “It has been found that high-achieving individuals, like these scholarship recipients, go on to be high-quality teachers. We hope this incentive will encourage more Hoosiers to enter the field of education.”

According to Ober, 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 Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange, Noble and Whitley counties:

Allen County

  • Holly Hamman, Heritage Junior-Senior High School, Ball State University
  • Ashley Hennessey, Homestead Senior High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Taylor Jacquay, Heritage Junior-Senior School, University of Indianapolis
  • Logan Krueger, South Side High School, Ball State University
  • Elizabeth Lester, Northrop High School, Ball State University
  • Natalie Neuenschwander, Homestead Senior High School, Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Ember Pflughoeft, Lakewood Park Christian School, Taylor University
  • Jensen Polderman, Snider High School, Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Shelby Prows, Concordia Lutheran High School, Bethel College
  • Hailey Richards, Northrop High School, Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Leah Schroeder, Bishop Dwenger High School, Ball State University
  • Jasper Schroeder, Carroll High School, Purdue University Fort Wayne
  • Cassidy Wiedenhoeft, Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School, Ball State University
  • Nicole Winans, East Allen University, Purdue University Fort Wayne

Elkhart County

  • Brady Bechtel, Goshen High School, Bethel College
  • Melinda Bontrager, Northridge High School, Taylor University
  • Nathaniel Ganger, Goshen High School, Marian University
  • Marci Miller, Northridge High School, Indiana Wesleyan University

LaGrange County

  • Karis Brewer,  Westview Junior-Senior High School, Bethel College
  • Karyssa Davis, Westview Junior-Senior School, Grace College and Seminary
  • Alisha Hochstetler, Westview Junior-Senior School, Indiana University Bloomington

Noble County

  • Christina Coats, West Noble High School, Anderson University
  • Anna Jank, Central Noble Jr.-Sr. High School, Grace College and Seminary
  • Erin Maneke, Central Noble Jr.-Sr. High School, Purdue University West Lafayette

Whitley County

  • Samina Qureshi, Columbia City High School, Manchester University
  • Lexie Schuman, Whitko High School, Indiana Wesleyan University
  • Jayla Wigent, Columbia City High School, Ball 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. Dave Ober represents all of Noble County and portions

of Allen, Elkhart, LaGrange and Whitley counties.

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