INDIANAPOLIS — Five Gibson County students are among 200 across Indiana to earn Indiana Commission for Higher Education Next Generation Hoosier Educators scholarships.
• Kennedy Blacklock, senior at Waldo J Wood Memorial High School, planning to study at Oakland City University;
• Ainsley Epperson, senior at Gibson Southern High School, planning to study at Indiana University Bloomington;
• Brooke Goedde, senior at Gibson Southern High School, planning to study at University of Southern Indiana;
• Sydney Lamar, senior at Waldo J Wood Memorial High School, planning to study at Indiana University Bloomington;
• Caleb Sellers, senior at Gibson Southern High School, planning to study at University of Evansville.
Selected through a competitive process based on academic achievement and other factors, recipients will receive $7,500 annually (up to $30,000 total) for committing to teach in Indiana for at least five years after graduating college.
“Congratulations to all 200 students, who are on their way to becoming impactful, future Hoosier teachers,” said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. “We know these students have the passion and determination to make a difference in classrooms across the state.”
A total of 367 students applied for the 2020-21 Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship, with applications from 213 high schools in 82 of Indiana’s 92 counties. Over 83% 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 highest 20% of their high school class or earn a score in the top 20th%ile 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.