New scholarship program aims to target aspiring educators

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – High achieving students interested in teaching have a new scholarship option. The Commission for Higher Education announced the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship Program, which offers up to $7,500 each year of college for students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after earning their degrees.

The scholarship was created by legislation authored by Indiana House Speaker, Republican Brian Bosma in the 2016 legislative session, and received broad bipartisan support, according to a press release from Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

“We strongly believe that the most important factor in a child’s education is a great teacher in the classroom,” Bosma said in a press release. “This scholarship encourages our best and brightest to enter the teaching profession, which will strengthen Indiana’s talent pipeline and improve the overall quality of education in our state.”

The scholarship will be available to 200 students across the state who either graduate in the highest 20 percent of their class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. Students must earn a cumulative 3.0 GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year to continue earning the scholarship in college. After college graduation, students must obtain a teaching license and teach in Indiana for five consecutive years.

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said the goal of this scholarship is to attract Indiana residents to become engaged and effective teachers.

Applications for the Next Generation Teacher Scholarship opens November 1 and will be accepted through December 31. Students interested in applying must be nominated by a teacher and submit the nomination form to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

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