Applications open for the next generation Hoosier Educators scholarship
Students have until January 31, 2022 to apply for a renewable scholarship of $ 7,500.
INDIANAPOLIS – High school and high performing students who plan to teach in the State of Indiana for at least five years can apply for a scholarship of $ 7,500 per college year (up to $ 30,000 in total) via the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship program.
The Indiana Commission for Higher Education encourages students to act quickly, as there are only 200 scholarships available and the deadline to apply is January 31, 2022. Interested students should apply to ScholarTrack.IN.gov.
“Everyone has a story of a great teacher who changed his life for the better. We need more of these change agents in Indiana classrooms, ”said Dr. Katie Jenner, Secretary of Education for Indiana. “The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship elevates the importance of this lifelong impact with a meaningful scholarship to help support Indiana’s best and brightest as they pursue careers in education.”
This scholarship is making a difference in building the Indiana teacher pool. Almost 90 percent of scholarship recipients in the inaugural 2017 cohort are continuing their education or have already become certified teachers, which has an active impact on Hoosier students.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have graduated in the top 20% of their high school class or scored in the top 20th percentile on the SAT (1190) or ACT (26). To continue earning the scholarship in college, students must apply for free Federal Student Aid each year, achieve a GPA of 3.0, and complete at least 30 credit hours per year. Current students applying must be able to use the scholarship for at least two full academic years.
“The Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship not only helps future educators fund their graduate studies, but it also helps keep those who graduate from teaching in Indiana,” the Commissioner said. at Indiana Higher Education, Teresa Lubbers. “We look forward to the positive impact these educators will have on their students and on the Indiana teacher base. “
The Commission will review all applications and notify applicants of their scholarship status by email by March 18, 2022.
A total of 438 students applied for the 2021-2022 Next Generation Hoosier Educators scholarship, with applications from 229 high schools in 84 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Almost three-quarters of the applicants were high school students from Indiana, with the remainder being current students.
Maylee Barriger, a recent graduate of Hauser Jr.-Sr. High School in Hope, Indiana is one of the 2020-21 scholarship recipients. Barriger is currently attending Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus where she is pursuing a major in elementary education with an endorsement for college mathematics. After graduation, she wants to teach in her former Jr.-Sr. high school or Hope Elementary.
“I was very nervous to go to college because I wasn’t sure I could afford it,” Barriger said. “I am truly grateful for this scholarship as it has given me the opportunity to stay home and be close to my family, to work to save money and to get involved in my community of a new way that I could not do in high school. “
For questions about state financial aid, students can contact the Indiana Commission for Higher Education by phone at 888-528-4719 or by email at [email protected]