STATEHOUSE (Sept. 28, 2018) — Northwest Indiana lawmakers urge current high school seniors planning to pursue a degree in education to apply for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship.
“Indiana is fortunate to be home to so many great educators,” said State Rep. Douglas Gutwein (R-Francesville). “Often, it is great teachers who inspire their students to pursue a career in education. For those who want to follow in the footsteps of their influential teachers, this scholarship is a great opportunity.”
The scholarship provides $7,500 a year for a maximum of four years to 200 students who attend an Indiana college or university.
“For some, cost can be a prohibitive factor when it comes to getting a college education,” said State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron). “Top-performing students can save money and focus on earning a teaching degree.”
State Rep. Julie Olthoff (R-Crown Point) said the scholarship was established to encourage more high-achieving students to pursue a career in Indiana classrooms.
“The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is a major investment in the future of education in Indiana,” Olthoff said. “In helping these aspiring educators pursue their teaching careers, we are also setting our future students, schools and state up for success.”
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. Recipients must commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years upon graduation.
“Following their college graduation, students who have received this scholarship commit to teaching in Hoosier classrooms for the next five years,” said State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie). “This program helps keep some of Indiana’s most talented and high-achieving students in our state to teach our next generation of doctors, mechanics and even teachers.”
State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) said college students currently pursuing a degree in education can also apply, as long as they graduated from an Indiana accredited high school or non-accredited nonpublic high school and attend an in-state college.
“Some Hoosiers are already pursuing a teaching degree and are unaware of this opportunity,” Slager said. “It’s not too late to apply, even if you are already taking college courses.”
Interested students should be nominated by a teacher and submit a nomination form with their application, which is available at ScholarTrack.IN.gov.
“The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is a great opportunity for those considering a career in education,” said State Rep. Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso). “I strongly encourage those interested to apply by the Nov. 30 deadline.”
For more information and to apply, visit www.LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher.
State Rep. Mike Aylesworth represents House District 11,
which includes parts of Lake and Porter counties.
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State Rep. Douglas Gutwein represents House District 16, which includes all of
Pulaski County and portions of Fulton, Jasper, Newton and Starke counties.
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State Rep. Julie Olthoff represents House District 19,
which includes a portion of Lake and Porter counties.
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State Rep. Jim Pressel represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.
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State Rep. Hal Slager (R-Schererville) represents House District 15,
which includes portions of Lake County.
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State Rep. Ed Soliday represents House District 4,
which includes all of Porter County.
A high-resolution photo of Soliday can be found here.