Smaltz announces DeKalb County student recipient of $7,500 teaching scholarship

Smaltz announces DeKalb County student recipient of $7,500 teaching scholarship

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Friday, May 1, 2020

STATEHOUSE (May 1, 2020) — According to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn), Lakewood Park Christian School senior Addeline Kruse recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship. Kruse will pursue a career in education at Taylor University. 

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 Smaltz supported.

"For students thinking a career in education is right for them, they should look into this program," Smaltz said. "Leaving college close to, or debt free is a real incentive, especially for those already looking to dedicate their lives to a noble profession. I commend Addeline on her choice of career."

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.

Smaltz 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 LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for more information.

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State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents House District 52, which

includes all of DeKalb County, and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

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