Whitley County students receive future educator scholarship

Posted by: Jake Thompson  | Wednesday, May 22, 2019

STATEHOUSE (May 22, 2019) – Aspiring teachers from Whitley County were recently selected to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, according to State Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne).

Judy supported legislation in 2016 creating the scholarship program. He said top-performing students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years are eligible to receive $7,500 per year for up to four years to obtain a teaching license.

“We continue to add more mechanisms each year to reinforce our K-12 educational system, and this is just one more tool in our toolbox,” Judy said. “We want all students meeting the scholarship criteria to apply so we can develop a rich, diverse educational workforce.”

According to Judy, 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.

“For students who face financial hardships, this may be the only way for them to attend college or university,” Judy said. “I’d encourage school advisors and counselors to promote this scholarship opportunity for students they believe would be good candidates. Our state’s education system will be better for it.”

Nearly 400 students applied this year, and 200 scholarships were awarded to students across the state, including Jessica McFarland and Sarah Pepple. McFarland and Pepple, both from Columbia City High School, will attend Trine University and Grace College, respectively.

“We are encouraged to see so many driven and prepared students applying for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “We look forward to the positive impact they will have in classrooms and school communities across Indiana.”

The 2020-2021 application will be available beginning in the fall. Visit www.LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for more information.

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State Rep. Chris Judy (R-Fort Wayne) represents House District 83,

which includes portion of Allen and Whitley counties.

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