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May 2021

Top Students Receive Teacher Scholarships

Teachers support young Hoosiers every day with the tools and resources they need to be successful in and out of the classroom. To help future educators keep college expenses low while preparing to become licensed teachers, 200 graduating high school seniors, and current college freshmen and sophomores recently received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship.

Thanks to a law House Republicans championed in 2016, top-performing students can receive $7,500 per year for up to four years of college to obtain a teaching license. This statewide program aims to help Indiana’s best and brightest become educators and lead a Hoosier classroom. In exchange for college tuition, students agree to stay and teach at lower-income schools across Indiana for five years.

According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, more than 400 students applied for this year’s scholarship, with applicants from 84 of Indiana’s 92 counties.

[Click here to view a complete list of recipients.]

Eligible students must graduate in the top 20% of their high school class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. To renew the scholarship, students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours each year in college.

The 2021-2022 application will be available in the fall. Learn more about the program and application requirements at LearnMoreIndiana.org/NextTeacher.

Spurring Economic Growth In Hoosier Communities Large And Small

To further accelerate and spur Indiana’s economic growth, the next two-year state budget invests $500 million in the Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative, or READI. Through this bold, transformational program, neighboring counties will team up to strategically promote and make their communities a magnet for top talent and new jobs.

Our state is in a strong financial position to make this large and beneficial investment on behalf of Hoosier communities large and small. This program is expected to have a significant return of investment of at least $2 billion in public, private and philanthropic match funding.

READI builds on the framework of the successful Indiana Regional Cities Initiative and the 21st Century Talent Initiative, which encouraged communities to team up on economic development efforts. Through READI, the state will provide competitive grants to regional counties, cities and towns working on a shared vision of their future and mapping out programs, initiatives and projects to retain today’s talent and attract the workforce of tomorrow.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. will oversee the program and provide grants of up to $50,000 as regions develop plans, which could include infrastructure projects, workforce programs and revitalization efforts. Funds can also support multi-year programs, including talent attraction initiatives, public-private partnerships to advance innovation and small business support services.

Now through July, Indiana counties, cities and towns are encouraged to coordinate and self-identify proposed regions. The IEDC will be hosting informational meetings across the state in the coming weeks.

We are READI for economic growth, and this responsible funding approach will transform all corners of our state and ensure small, local communities are part of Indiana’s long-term success. Learn more about this innovative program at iedc.in.gov.

Supporting Those Who Protect Us

Indiana House Republicans are celebrating National Police Week, and we thank our state and local law enforcement officers who risk their lives each day to protect all Hoosiers.

Our hardworking public safety officers deserve our support, and Indiana’s next two-year budget makes strong investments on behalf of the men and women who serve our communities.

The biennial budget dedicates $70 million to improve state training facilities and enhance programs and provides $3.5 million yearly for local law enforcement training grants. These additional funds will help our officers be better prepared for the situations they encounter to keep themselves and Hoosiers safe.

A new $10 million grant program will help local police departments purchase body-worn cameras, and legislators invested $20 million of federal stimulus dollars for the Indiana State Police to purchase body cameras. These devices increase accountability and transparency within policing, and also help maintain and strengthen relationships within communities.

Additionally, the budget provides salary increases for our state police, conservation and excise officers. We also invested $3 million to help expand the High Tech Crimes Unit Program so more crimes can be solved by using digital evidence, and $5 million annually to support the Indiana Crime Guns Task Force, which helps get dangerous criminals off our streets.

When our law enforcement officers have the tools, funding and training resources they need, they can better protect all Hoosiers and themselves. We thank our law enforcement officers across the state who make Indiana a better, safer place.

This week, four Indiana officers who died in the line of duty will have their names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. To Joseph Fishback Sr., Te’Juan Johnson, Breann Leath and Kenneth Lester, we honor your service.

Click here to learn about other virtual events throughout National Police Week.

Celebrating Visit Indiana Week

Hey Hoosiers, it’s Visit Indiana Week and time to kick off the summer travel season!

With 24 state parks, 15 state forests and 11 state historic sites throughout Indiana, now is a great opportunity to get out and explore our state.

Grab your Indiana State Nature Passport and check-in at 1 of 59 locations before May 8 to be eligible for prize packages. At the conclusion of Visit Indiana Week, Saturday, May 8, one lucky person will win a grand prize that includes a 2021 State Park Pass, $50 gift card for camping and a subscription to Outdoor Indiana magazine.

Don’t have an Indiana State Nature Passport? Don’t worry, it’s free and easy to sign up. Just click here and be on your way to winning prizes when checking into 59 Hoosier outdoor locations.

Be sure to mark June 5-6 on your calendar for free admission to state parks, recreation areas, forests and reservoirs, and free fishing days on public waters.

Beyond our state’s natural beauty, check out Indiana’s attractions, shopping and agritoursim.

During Visit Indiana Week and beyond, let’s get out and explore all corners of Indiana. From the Hoosier National Forest spanning nine counties in South Central Indiana, to the Indiana Dunes State Park with three miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, adventure awaits.

Visitindiana.com is ready to help Hoosiers get out and explore our great state. To learn more and start planning your next adventure, click here.

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