Scholarship program seeks to curb Indiana's teacher shortage

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ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — A new scholarship program seeks to give students money to attend college if they commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after completing their degrees.

The Herald Bulletin (http://bit.ly/2fLCd2K ) reports the Indiana Commission for Higher Education's Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship provides up to $7,500 for each year of college. Up to 200 scholarships will be awarded based on academic achievement, a teacher nomination and an interview.

The program comes as the state is experiencing an ongoing teacher shortage. The Indiana Department of Education reported a nearly 63 percent drop in the number of licenses issued to first-time teachers in 2015.

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says the scholarship is designed to attract Indiana's best students to teaching and prepare them for the profession.

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Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com


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