Two Jackson County students planning to pursue a career in education recently were selected to receive Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarships.
The scholarships are awarded to 200 high school and college students each year who commit to teaching in Indiana for five consecutive years. Recipients receive $7,500 per year for up to four years to obtain a teaching license.
The scholarship is available to students who either graduate in the top 20 percent of their high school class or earn a score in the top-20th percentile on the SAT or ACT.
To continue receiving the scholarship, students must earn a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and complete at least 30 credit hours per year in college.
Local recipients, their high schools and the college or university they attend, plan to attend or are attending are Madison Jones, Brownstown Central High School, Indiana University Southeast, and Chloe Smith, Seymour High School, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus.
A total of 510 students applied for a scholarship this year with applications coming from 231 high schools in 86 of the state’s 92 counties. About two-thirds of applicants were high school seniors with the remainder comprised of current college students.