Around the House


November 2016

This past year, Indiana experienced a more than 18 percent increase in the number of new teacher license recipients. This trend could continue as students begin applying for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship.

This scholarship is designed to attract Indiana’s best and brightest to enter the teaching profession. Recipients will receive up to $7,500 per year of college, but they must commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after earning their degrees.

To qualify, students must either graduate in the top 20 percent of their class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. While attending college, students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year to continue earning the scholarship.

This scholarship is available to up to 200 Hoosiers each year.

Those interested in applying need to be nominated by a teacher and submit the nomination form to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. The Commission is accepting applications now, so please get your materials ready in order to meet the Dec. 31 deadline.

To all of our educators, thank you for your commitment to our students. For those just beginning their teaching careers, we look forward to seeing you grow as a professional while contributing to the success of our future generations.

Habitat for Humanity Partnership

Today is the Indiana General Assembly’s Organization Day.

Organization Day occurs annually in November. State lawmakers use the day to gather together, meet new members and prepare for the upcoming legislative session. Following the general election earlier this month, all re-elected members and member-elects were also sworn into office. The day also marks the first official meeting of the new 120th Indiana General Assembly for the next two years.

Some top priorities of the upcoming legislative session include crafting a balanced state budget, funding long-term infrastructure needs and continuing to improve education for Hoosier students.

House and Senate lawmakers also announced they will team up to support Habitat for Humanity of Indiana to raise awareness about the need for affordable housing in Indiana. In March, lawmakers will trade their pens for hammers on the south lawn of the Statehouse to build wall panels, which will be transported to a home site for a Hoosier family in need. Legislators and staff already launched a new and used tool drive, and donations will help build homes across Indiana.

To learn more about our partnership with Habitat for Humanity, visit our website.

State lawmakers were energized today and ready to tackle a lot of important issues on behalf of Indiana. Be sure to contact your state representative to give input on upcoming legislation or issues.


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