Rep. Hostettler announces Gibson County recipients of $7,500 scholarship

Posted by: Jordan Wallace  | Thursday, April 23, 2020

STATEHOUSE (April 23, 2020) — Several area students pursuing a career in education recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch).

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 of college to obtain a teaching license. The program began as a result of a law passed in 2017.

"I'm encouraged to see some of our top Gibson County students wanting to give back to our communities by working in our schools," Hostettler said. "They will be able to use their passion for learning to inspire future generations."

According to Hostettler, 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.

More than 350 students applied and several scholarships were recently awarded to these students in Gibson County:

  • Kennedy Blacklock, Waldo J Wood Memorial High School, Oakland City University;
  • Ainsley Epperson, Gibson Southern High School, Indiana University Bloomington;
  • Brooke Goedde, Gibson Southern High School, University of Southern Indiana;
  • Sydney Lamar, Waldo J Wood Memorial High School, Indiana University Bloomington; and
  • Caleb Sellers, Gibson Southern High School, University of Evansville.

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 LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for more information.

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State Rep. Matt Hostettler (R-Fort Branch) represents House District 64,
which includes Gibson County and portions of Knox, Pike, Vanderburgh and Posey counties.
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