The 200 Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship recipients have been selected following a competitive selection process based on academic achievement, teacher nomination and an in-person interview. The scholarship pays up to $7,500 annually (up to $30,000 total) for students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after college graduation.
“The Commission wants to congratulate all 200 of the students who were chosen to receive the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said. “We were encouraged by the high-quality applicants and know these future teachers will have a positive impact in Indiana classroom.”
A total of 642 students applied for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship with applications coming from 274 high schools in 85 of the Indiana’s 92 counties. About two-thirds of applicants were Indiana high school seniors with the remainder comprised of current college students.
“This scholarship reflects the appreciation we have for those pursuing a career in teaching – a critical and unique profession impacting the lives of every young Hoosier,” said House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis), author of the legislation creating the scholarship. “Congratulations to all of these recipients, and it is our hope your talent and passion for teaching inspires others to follow.”
To qualify for the scholarship, students had to either graduate in the highest 20 percent of their high school class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. To continue earning the scholarship in college, students must earn at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year.
Melinda Hopf, Jasper High School, University of Evansville
Ashton Knies, Northeast Dubois High School, Purdue University West Lafayette
Melanie Roberts, Northeast Dubois High School, Indiana State University
Rachel Hassfurther, Heritage Hills High School, Indiana State University
Sydney Scherry, Heritage Hills High School, Indiana State University
Cassie Atchley, North Daviess Jr-Sr High School, Indiana University Bloomington
Sarah Norton, Washington High School, University of Southern Indiana
Noah Ross, Barr Reeve Middle/High School, University of Southern Indiana