Program offering $7,500 scholarships for Hoosier teachers in need of more applicants

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A scholarship program for students interested in becoming teachers is still in need of applicants.

According to the Commission for Higher Education, the Next Generation Teacher Scholarship program has only filled half of its available spots. The deadline to apply is Dec. 31, 2016.

The scholarship program promises $7,500 per year for up to four years to students who commit to teaching in Indiana after graduation. It’s meant to help address the state’s teacher shortage.

The program is set to provide 200 scholarships to high-achieving high school and college students interested in pursuing careers in education. They must commit to spend five years teaching in Indiana after earning their degrees. Applicants must also be nominated by a school official, teacher or faculty member.

Currently, the program has 103 total applicants, the commission said. The commission hopes to get one application from every school before the end of the year.

In Marion County, the program has received applications from students at Speedway, North Central, Lawrence North, Ben Davis and Beech Grove high schools as well as Indianapolis Lighthouse Charter School.

Learn more about the program, nomination and application process at this website.