The single most important factor in student success is an outstanding teacher in the classroom. In order to attract more of Indiana’s best and brightest to the teaching profession, I supported a new law creating the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship for high school students who want to be educators. Beginning Nov. 1, both incoming and current college students studying education can apply for the scholarship, which awards $7,500 per year toward college costs to those who commit to teaching in Indiana's public or private schools for five years after graduating.
The scholarship is available to 200 students statewide each year who either graduate in the top 20 percent of their class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. While in college, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year to continue receiving the grant. Graduates must obtain their teaching license and teach in Indiana for five consecutive years.
Students interested in applying need to be nominated by a teacher and submit the nomination form to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Students are encouraged to complete the nomination form before the application opens.
Visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/NextTeacher for more information.
Hoosier students hold the keys to Indiana’s future, and we will continue to work together to strengthen our commitment to students, teachers and schools.