State Awards 200 Scholarships To Future Indiana Teachers

(INDIANAPOLIS) – The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has awarded 200 scholarships to the fourth class of Next Generation Hoosier Educators.

Selected through a competitive process based on academic achievement and other factors, recipients will receive $7,500 annually (up to $30,000 total) for committing to teach in Indiana for at least five years after graduating college.

“Congratulations to all 200 students, who are on their way to becoming impactful, future Hoosier teachers,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “We know these students have the passion and determination to make a difference in classrooms across the state.”

Receiving grants locally:

Bartholomew County:

  • Anna Emmert, Columbus East High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Emma Watkins, Hauser Jr-Sr High School, Purdue University West Lafayette

Daviess County:

  • Grant Harrison, Barr Reeve Middle/High School, Indiana University Bloomington

Dubois County:

  • Abbey Armstrong, Jasper High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Jara Braunecker, Northeast Dubois High School, University of Southern Indiana
  • Taylor Dodd, Northeast Dubois High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Brooke Perkins, Jasper High School, Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Brianna Stasel, Southridge High School, Indiana State University

Greene County:

  • Kenadee Koontz, Owen Valley Community High School, Indiana State University
  • Jeffrey Mayfield, North Daviess Jr-Sr High School, Indiana University Bloomington

Jackson County:

  • Owen Ballard, Columbus East High School, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Kennedy Cockerham, Seymour Senior High School, Taylor University
  • Erin Otte, Seymour Senior High School, University of Southern Indiana

Lawrence County:

  • Gracyn Alvey, Bedford-North Lawrence High School, Indiana State University
  • Luke LaFevor, Mitchell High School, Indiana State University

Martin County:

  • Cassidy Esch, Loogootee High School, Ball State University

Monroe County:

  • Abigal Huck, Lighthouse Christian Academy, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Maggie Piercy, Bloomington High School North, Ball State University
  • Ethan Upchurch, Bloomington High School South, Indiana University Bloomington

Orange County:

  • Kinley Block, Paoli Jr & Senior High School, Ball State University
  • Charleigh Land, Springs Valley Community High School, University of Southern Indiana
  • Addison Stailey, Springs Valley Community High School, Indiana University Bloomington

Washington County:

  • Tucker Wheatley, North Harrison High School, Ball State University

A total of 367 students applied for the 2020-21 Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, with applications from 213 high schools in 82 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Over 83% of applicants were Indiana high school seniors with the remainder comprised of current college students.

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 a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year.

Students who received the scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year are listed by county here.

Learn more about the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship here.

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