Over the course of their careers, teachers will impact the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of students. Indiana needs educators who are committed to mentoring and being role models for young Hoosiers.

Those with a passion for teaching are encouraged to apply for the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship. Students will receive $7,500 per year for up to four years to cover the costs of earning a teaching degree. Scholarship recipients must commit to teaching in an Indiana classroom for five consecutive years upon graduation.

Because a great teacher inspires all students to succeed, keeping the best and brightest in Hoosier classrooms is crucial to Indiana’s academic success. The Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship program gives a financial boost to passionate future teachers and motivates them to stay in the state after graduation.

The scholarship is available to 200 students across the state who either graduate in the top 20 percent of their class or earn a score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT. Students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year to continue earning the scholarship in college.

Last year, 439 students applied for the scholarship, with applications from 231 high schools in 84 counties. According to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, nearly three-quarters of applicants were Indiana high school seniors with the remainder comprised of current college students.

Future educators can apply before the Jan. 31 deadline at LearnMoreIndiana.org/nextteacher.