Teachers dedicate over 900 hours to the classroom each school year, inspiring the next generation to succeed personally, academically and professionally.

In Indiana, current high school seniors who wish to follow in their teachers’ footsteps and pursue a degree in education can apply for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship.

This scholarship provides up to 200 students with renewable scholarships of $7,500 for up to 4 years. Scholarship recipients must commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years upon graduation.

With this program, more high-achieving students will hopefully pursue a teaching career and work in Indiana classrooms as they keep their college costs down and share their talents in Hoosier schools.

Applicants need to be in the highest 20 percent of their high school graduating class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. Along with good grades, those interested must be nominated by a teacher and submit a nomination form with their application, which is available at ScholarTrack.IN.gov. Applications must be submitted by Nov. 30.

For more information and to apply, visit www.LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher.