INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
Scholarships from an Indiana program meant to diversify and recruit the next
generation of teachers have gone largely to white students so far, an
Indiana agency says.
hope to lessen the state’s teacher shortage with $10 million in Next
Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarships, but the scholarships have failed
to attract students who would increase diversity among Indiana’s teachers,
The Indianapolis Star reported.
Just 11 of the 200
recipients of the first round of scholarships were underrepresented
minorities, according to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Only
31 were men.
“We know the
challenge and we are working to reach those students,” said Joshua Garrison,
associate commissioner for legislation and program implementation. “But it’s
going to take an effort from all across the state to address it across the
State data show
that fewer than 5,000 of the state’s 58,000 public school teachers were
nonwhite during the 2016-17 school year.
inherently valuable,” a 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Education
said. “We are stronger as a nation when people of varied backgrounds,
experiences, and perspectives work and learn together; diversity and
inclusion breed innovation.”
offer up to $30,000 over four years if students commit to teaching in
Indiana schools for five years after graduation.
Applicants must be
in the top 20 percent of their high school class or score in the top 20
percent on standardized tests. Applications are judged based on students’
class rank, test scores, awards and honors, a writing sample, a presentation
process is deliberately rigorous because students must fully repay the
scholarship funds if they fail to fulfill the teaching requirement, Garrison