By Charlee Beasor

Whether you’re Adele or just a regular person on the street, you’ve likely had a teacher somewhere along the line that has made a lasting impact in your life.

(And just like Adele, if any of my former teachers surprised me at my one-woman performance to celebrate my new album, I would also be a blubbery mess.)

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From my first-grade teacher (Mrs. Schmidt) to my high school algebra teacher (Mr. Kroft), teachers who care can make a lifelong difference.

Maybe you’ve thought about becoming a teacher, or know someone who should?

Through the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, students interested in teaching in Indiana after college graduation can earn a $7,500 scholarship per year (up to $30,000 total).

Helen Hyerin Park wanted to be a teacher since she was 10 years old. She received the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, graduated from Purdue University and now teaches Special Education at Woodland Elementary School.

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Park says the scholarship allowed her to focus on school and not worry about money. Instead of working side jobs, she said, she had flexibility to study abroad and participate in education research opportunities at Purdue.

“The best thing about teaching is definitely the students. It may sound cliché but teaching boils down to knowing the students and knowing where the students are at. Building the relationship from the very beginning and building the relationship throughout the school year,” she says. [insert pic of Helen]

For Joseph Rodriguez, using the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship made his dream a reality—without a lot of student loan debt. He was among the first scholarship recipients in 2017-2018 when the program opened and graduated from Butler University.

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“I just wanted to help people from an early age and having the influence of some really strong teachers in my life propelled me to where I am today,” says Rodriguez, who teaches at Eastern Greene Schools. “Some of the most influential people in my life truly cared about the students. I knew I wanted to teach students when I thought, ‘I could do that same thing.’”

Application Deadline: Jan. 31, 2022

Don’t wait to apply! There are only 200 scholarships available each year and the deadline is January 31, 2022. Scholarship priority is given to graduating high school students but current college freshmen and sophomores can still apply. See a full list of scholarship requirements here.

Think you’re interested? Follow these simple steps to apply:

  • Review the 2022-2023 Application Procedures and Academic Requirements prior to applying
  • Submit a complete application in ScholarTrack
  • Submit the FAFSA
  • After you’ve applied, applications will be reviewed and you’ll be notified of the scholarship status by email by March 18, 2022; recipients and waitlisted finalists will be given more instructions at that time

Reach out with questions at NextTeacher@che.in.gov.

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Not sure what the FAFSA is or how to file? Check out our blog titled, “What is FAFSA?” for help.

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