PHHS grads awarded educator scholarship


INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Commission for Higher Education awarded two Pendleton Heights graduates with Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship.

Emily Benages, Butler University, and Ellie Ray, Indiana State University, were among the more than 300 recent scholarship recipients statewide.

Students are selected through a competitive process based on academic achievement and additional factors, according to a commission press release.

Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarships provide a renewable scholarship of up to $10,000 per year (up to $40,000 total). In exchange, students agree to teach for five years at an eligible Indiana school or repay the corresponding, prorated amount of the scholarship.

“Teachers play a vital role in inspiring hope and preparing students for postsecondary and career success,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Chris Lowery said. “Thanks to the Indiana General Assembly for supporting this initiative. The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is key to ensuring future Hoosier educators have access to training and resources needed to build the next generation of the Indiana teacher workforce.”

A record-breaking 945 students applied for the 2024-25 Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, a 58% increase compared to the previous year. Applications were received from students representing 315 high schools in 89 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Additionally, 71% of applicants were Indiana high school seniors with the remainder comprised of current college students.

To qualify for the scholarship, students had to either graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class, score in the 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT, or have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.

To continue earning the scholarship in college, students must earn a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year.

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