Heritage Hills High School senior Shelby Miller recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship.

The statewide program awards scholarships to top-performing students who commit to teaching in Indiana for at least five years. Recipients receive $7,500 per year for up to four years of college to obtain a teaching license. The program began as a result of a law State Rep. Ron Bacon supported.

“These funds are an extra incentive for Hoosiers to choose teaching as a career,” Bacon said. “Shelby is a top student who will return to Indiana classrooms and prepare the next generation of young Hoosiers for success.”

The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is available to 200 high-achieving high school and college students each year who either graduate in the top 20% of their high school class or earn a score in the top-20th percentile on the SAT or ACT.

“Our teachers are the very best of our state,” State Rep. Stephen Bartels said. “This scholarship fund supports future educators, like Shelby, by alleviating some of the financial burdens of college so she can focus on sharing her passion of learning with students.”

Miller was among more than 350 students who applied statewide. She plans to attend Indiana University Bloomington this fall.

Recipients must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year in order to continue receiving the four-year renewable scholarship totaling $30,000.

“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.”

The 2020-2021 application will be available in the fall. Visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher for more information.

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