Smaltz: Local student awarded future educator scholarship

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, May 2, 2018

STATEHOUSE (May 2, 2018) — Elise Witmer from DeKalb County was selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, according to State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn).

Smaltz, who supported legislation creating this scholarship program, said the scholarship is awarded to top-performing students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years. Recipients will receive $7,500 per year for up to four years to obtain a teaching license.

“This program helps cultivate and retain quality teachers for Indiana’s education system,” Smaltz said. “I look forward to seeing this program’s results in the years to come.”

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 percent of their high school class or earn a score in the top-20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. Smaltz said for students to continue receiving the scholarship in college, students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year.

More than 500 students applied, and Witmer is among 200 highly qualified students across the state awarded a scholarship. Witmer will attend Grace College.

“We’re encouraged to have so many driven, passionate students applying for this teacher scholarship, and we look forward to the positive impact they will have in classrooms and school communities across Indiana,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers.

The 2019-2020 application will be available beginning in the fall. Visit for more information.


State Rep. Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) represents all of DeKalb County,

and portions of Steuben and Allen counties.

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