High school students wanting to be teachers will be able to apply to a state funded scholarship program if they commit to teaching in Indiana after college.
House Speaker Brian Bosma wrote the bill to address the teacher shortage in Indiana. The program allows for 200 students to receive up to $7,500 in tuition assistance each, as long as they study education and commit to teaching in Indiana.
Bosma says he wrote the bill so high achieving high school students can apply, because he wants the best students in the state to consider a career in teaching.
“That actions we take get depicted as dishonoring teachers, but it couldn’t be anything further from the truth,” he says. “I firmly believe that single, most important indicator of academic success for a young person is an outstanding, interested teacher.”
The Commission for Higher Education will spend the next year developing the application process, marketing to potential recipient’s and protocol for running the program. The first scholarships will be awarded in fall 2017.