Scholarships available to study teaching; deadline is Nov. 30

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HANCOCK COUNTY — Students interested in pursuing a career in teaching can apply to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education by Saturday for a chance to receive a $30,000 scholarship.

The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship provides up to $7,500 for each year of college — up to $30,000 total — for top-performing Hoosier students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after earning their degrees. High school students, as well as college freshmen and sophomores, are eligible for the scholarship, but priority will be given to high school students, according to a commission press release.

So far, only three Hancock County students have applied for the scholarship, according to an Indiana Commission for Higher Education representative. The deadline to apply is Saturday, Nov. 30.

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

Two hundred scholarships are awarded each year to students across the state in a competitive process based on academic achievement, teacher nomination and an interview. Last year, 393 students applied, with applications coming from 212 high schools in 82 of Indiana’s 92 counties, according to the commission.

Finalists will be selected in January 2020 and interviewed in March 2020. Students chosen to receive the scholarship will be notified by April 3. Visit LearnMoreIndiana.org/NextTeacher to apply.