INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a news conference in the Indiana State House today, Marian University president Daniel J. Elsener announced the creation of a new school of education—the Educators College—and a partnership with the State of Indiana that will allow students who want to become teachers to enroll in the program on full scholarship.
Earlier this year, the Indiana General Assembly passed legislation that provides up to $30,000 ( $7,500 per year for four years) in scholarships to 200 high achieving high school or college students who enroll in schools of education and accept teaching positions in Indiana upon graduation. Dubbed the Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship (NGHES), the legislation is intended to help recruit high achieving students to the teacher profession, and retain them in-state after graduation. Surrounded by government officials, K-12 education experts, and prominent business leaders, Elsener announced that as many as 25 students who receive the NGHES from the State will also receive supplemental scholarships from Marian University, covering the balance of their tuition. Additionally, if the NGHES student is in the State's 21st Century Scholars program, Marian University will also cover the cost of that student's room and board. "If we expect more from our education students, then we must be prepared for them to expect more from us," Elsener said. "Marian University will pair our scholarship dollars with outside programs and funds to ensure that our Educators College is attracting the best and brightest future teachers in the state, regardless of their financial situations."