For immediate release:
March 24, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has approved legislation authored by State Rep. Donna J. Harris (D-East Chicago) that will provide financial assistance to minority students who aspire to enter the teaching profession.
House Enrolled Act 1179 will expand the scope of the Minority Student Teaching Stipend Fund to include minority students who wish to complete an internship in school administration.
Students will receive either a $4,000 or $5,000 scholarship, depending on their grade point average, that can be used to cover their expenses while they complete either an administration or teaching internship.
“This scholarship gives minority students who are interested in the education field the financial support they need to complete an internship program,” said Harris.
Language included by the Senate names the stipend after retiring State Senator Earline Rogers (D-Gary).
Additional changes will allow a financial specialist, selected for the Gary School Corporation, to request a grant that would help ensure that Gary Roosevelt High School remains open for educational instruction. The provision will help officials install a new boiler so the school will not have to be closed in bad weather during the winter.
“Encouraging minority students to pursue a career in education is an important step in improving the state of the education sector in Indiana,” said Harris. “I am happy to see this bill move forward and hope that we see similar legislation come forward in future sessions.”
The provision takes effect July 1.