TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - The Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship is granting up to $7500 per year for up to four years for future educators.
The scholarship was created by lawmakers hoping to combat a statewide teacher shortage.
200 students receive the scholarship each year.
Students must be an Indiana resident to be eligible.
It is open to high school seniors and college freshman and sophomores.
Students must agree to teach for five years at an eligible Indiana school or repay the prorated amount of the scholarship.
According to Lafayette School Corporation Superintendent Les Huddle, local schools are seeing a shortage of teachers.
"We're having to contract companies that may even be out of the state of Indiana and saying, "Hey, do you have some special education teachers?" And we have to go through and hire them with their company,” said Huddle.
Purdue Senior Jackson Smith said such students may be hesitant to pursue education, but he believes the scholarship is a step in the right direction.
"It's a difficult job market for teachers right now. The lifestyle they'll have as a potential teacher might not be what it could be in a STEM field or something. So having this, you know, extra incentive for them to pursue teaching might be a great way to fix some of those issues,” said Smith.
"If we can provide opportunities with finances for them, grants or whatever it's going to be, I think we'll build our pool better,” said Huddle.
Applications for the scholarship are due by November 30th.
More information on the scholarship can be found here.