Two students from Western Boone High School are among 200 of Indiana’s brightest as part of the sixth class of Next Generation Hoosier Educators.
Emma Runyan and Jada Smith, who will both be attending Purdue University this fall, were selected through a competitive process based on academic achievement and additional factors for a scholarship of $7,500 annually, up to $30,000, for committing to teach in Indiana for at least five years after graduating college, through the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
To qualify for the scholarship, students had to either graduate in the top 20% of their high school class, earn a score in the 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT, or have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA.)
A total of 627 students applied for this year’s Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, a 43% increase in submitted applications compared to last year. Applications were received from learners representing 270 high schools in 86 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Additionally, 75% of applicants were Indiana high school seniors with the remainder comprised of current college students.
“Recipients of the Next Generation Hoosier Educators scholarship will bring dedication, creativity and passion to classrooms across the state,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Chris Lowery said in a press release. “Teachers play an important and vital role in preparing students for academic and life success. It’s encouraging to see so many students committed to teaching in Indiana as the number of applicants increases each year.”
To continue earning the scholarship in college, students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year.