An outstanding teacher can have a life-changing, positive impact on a growing student, and even inspire them to become an educator too.

Those who wish to pursue a teaching career can now apply for the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship. Designed to help high-achieving students passionate about education keep their college costs down and share their talents in Hoosier schools, the scholarship is awarded to 200 students across the state that commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years upon graduation. Recipients will receive up to $7,500 per year of college for up to four years.

To qualify, students must either graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. Along with good grades, those interested must have a teacher nominate them, and submit a nomination form with their application, which is available at ScholarTrack.IN.gov.

Current college freshmen and sophomores are also eligible for the scholarship. Students must currently attend or plan to attend an eligible Indiana institution for their degree. While in college, recipients must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete 30 credit hours per year to renew the scholarship.

Interested students must apply by Nov. 30. Visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/NextTeacher for more information and to apply.