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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Jensen Polderman from Snider High School is one of 200 recipients of a new Indiana college scholarship that goes to students who commit to teaching in Indiana after graduation.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Portrait of senior Jensen Polderman at Snider High School on Thursday. Polderman was one of the winners of the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, which pays up to $7,500 annually for up to four years to students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after college graduation.

Friday, May 19, 2017 1:00 am

Teachers-to-be win scholarship

ASHLEY SLOBODA | The Journal Gazette

Scholarship winners

Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship winners from Allen County

• Holly Hamman, Heritage Jr./Sr. High School, Ball State University

• Ashley Hennessey, Homestead High School, Indiana University

• Taylor Jacquay, Heritage, University of Indianapolis

• Logan Krueger, South Side High School, Ball State

• Elizabeth Lester, Northrop High School, Ball State

• Natalie Neuenschwander, Homestead, IPFW

• Ember Pflughoeft, Lakewood Park Christian School, Taylor University

• Jensen Polderman, Snider High School, IPFW

• Shelby Prows, Concordia Lutheran High School, Bethel College

• Hailey Richards, Northrop, IPFW

• Leah Schroeder, Bishop Dwenger High School, IPFW

• Jasper Schroeder, Carroll High School, Ball State

• Cassidy Wiedenhoeft, Woodlan Jr./Sr. High School, Ball State

• Nicole Winans, East Allen University, IPFW

Source: Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Fourteen Allen County students are recipients of a new scholarship meant to encourage top-performing students to pursue teaching careers in Indiana, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education has announced.

Hundreds applied for the Next Generation Hoosier Educator Scholarship, which pays up to $7,500 annually for up to four years to students who commit to teaching in Indiana for five years after college graduation.

About two-thirds of the 642 applicants were Indiana high school seniors; the rest were college students, the commission said. There were 200 recipients, including 17 total from Adams, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells and Whitley counties, according to the commission.

Winners had to be in the top 20 percent of their high school class or score in the top 20th percentile on the SAT or ACT.

“We were encouraged by the high-quality applicants and know these future teachers will have a positive impact in Indiana classroom,” Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said in a statement.

Fort Wayne Community Schools, East Allen County Schools, Northwest Allen County Schools and Southwest Allen County Schools were represented among the list of winners.

FWCS spokeswoman Krista Stockman said the district is excited about the scholarship. Pursuing a career in education isn't always an easy choice, she said, and the national conversation about public education has left many asking whether the profession is respected.

“We tell our students, 'Yes, we appreciate our teachers,' ” Stockman said.

FWCS always has positions to fill, she said, listing math, science, special education and foreign languages as subjects of particular need.

Those talented in math or science might opt for higher-paying careers, she said. For some, she said, a scholarship might help ease a financial burden that is dissuading them from pursuing teaching.

“We need good people, smart people, to go into education and come back and be teachers,” Stockman said.

Students must earn at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and complete at least 30 credit hours per year to continue earning the scholarship in college.

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