Higher Ed Commission Awards STEM Recruitment Grants

Posted: Updated:

To help prepare future educators to teach STEM subject areas, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education has awarded nearly $10 million to 16 schools and organizations to support those efforts. The money is being awarded to programs that place high-quality teachers in schools in high-need school districts.

“The careers fueling Indiana’s economy and future growth require STEM-related skills and experience,” said Indiana’s Higher Education Commissioner Teresa Lubbers.

The STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund was created by the General Assembly in 2013 to address the shortage of high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers in Indiana school corporations.

“Training more Hoosier teachers in these subject areas and ensuring they are working in schools that have a shortage of those subject areas is critical to the goal of having more Hoosiers prepared to succeed in high-demand STEM fields,” said Lubbers.

The funding helps pay for coursework, supporting mentorship programs and offering teacher training models. The commission says this is the fourth round of grant funding for this program.

Here is a list of the 2019 STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund Award Recipients:

  • Conexus Indiana: $200,000
  • Independent Colleges of Indiana/Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning: $2.4 million
  • Nextech: $600,000
  • Purdue Research Foundation: $555,000 (two programs)
  • Teach for America: $2.25 million
  • University of Southern Indiana Foundation: $440,000 (two programs):
  • Project Lead The Way: $700,000
  • Ball State University Foundation - Hoosier STEM Academy: $602,000
  • University of Evansville: $110,000
  • Indiana University Foundation: $1,075,000  (two programs)
  • TNTP: $257,000
  • Educate ME Foundation: $172,000
  • Marian University: $240,000
  • Perspectives

    • Why Blogging Without Rules Produces the Best Content

      I spend a lot of time talking with people about what makes writing good. Depending on who you ask, good writing might be exciting and illustrative. It might be simple and efficient. If you ask someone who works in marketing, good writing translates to whatever helps a marketing strategy generate more leads, or more sales, or more of whatever a business is looking to gain. Though I fully respect and agree with this results-oriented perspective on content, in practice it can be...



Company Name:
Confirm Email:
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections


  • Most Popular Stories

    • The Honda Greensburg plant opened in 2008.

      Honda to Invest $4M, Add Jobs at Greensburg Plant

      The American Honda Motor Co. continues to invest in its Greensburg, Indiana plant as it has announced the factory will be producing the company’s first electrified sport utility vehicle in the U.S. The company says it will invest more than $4 million and add 34 new jobs in the plant to support production of the CR-V Hybrid.  

    • (photo courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Valpo Mansion May Fall to Wrecking Ball

      A one-time mansion that once hosted dignitaries and politicians while they visited Valparaiso appears to be facing demolition, following years of decline and disrepair.  The stately mansion, known locally as the Brown home, maybe knocked down and replaced with condominiums, according to our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana. 

    • Socio received the Top-Rated Overall Culture award. (Provided Photo/Socio)

      Inaugural Tech Culture Award Winners Unveiled

      Indianapolis-based Powderkeg has unveiled the winners of the inaugural Indiana Breakout Tech Culture Awards. Eleven Hoosier tech companies received the honors based on survey rankings from the 2019 Tech Census, which focused specifically on tech cultures. Nearly 270 tech companies were nominated and the winners were selected from a group of 50 finalists. More than 1,300 individuals responded to the survey, which allowed employees to rate their companies and employers on...

    • Photo courtesy of Purdue University

      Purdue Offers 'Stranger Things' Replica Tee

      Purdue University has partnered with trademark licensing agent CLC to produce a special-edition replica Purdue shirt that appeared on an episode of Netflix’s “Stranger Things 3.”  The university also teamed up with Venley to accurately replicate the shirt, which will be available at retailers on the West Lafayette campus and online later this month.

    • Mearns was named Ball State's president in 2017.

      Ball State President Bullish on Growth Potential

      The president of Ball State University says he is optimistic about the growth trajectory for the school and the Muncie community at large. Ball State recently set a new record for total enrollment with more than 22,000 students, including its largest-ever freshman class. The university is also continuing with several major capital projects, including the more than $87 million Foundational Sciences building, which broke ground earlier this month. In an interview in Studio (i) with...