INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana Commission for Higher Education has awarded more than $9.6 million through the STEM Teacher Recruitment Fund. The commission says the 11 recipients will use the funding to recruit, prepare, place and retain educators in schools with a shortage of STEM teachers.

The recipients include organizations and educational institutions throughout the state. Some of the projects that will be supported by the funding include teacher training in STEM subjects, dual credit teacher credentialing, mentoring programs, and programs that seek to retain teachers. 

The commission says teachers who receive support through the grants will be required to work in eligible Indiana public schools.

"These grants are enhancing our efforts to prepare the next generation of Hoosiers for the jobs of tomorrow," said Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers. "Rewarding and scaling effective programs throughout the state will help attract and retain STEM teachers who will make a difference in high-need areas."

The recipients include:

  • Conexus - $171,130
  • Independent Colleges of Indiana - $2,156,289
  • Nextech - $289,705
  • Purdue Research Foundation (three grants awarded) - $785,415
  • Teach for America - $1,628,367
  • University of Southern Indiana Foundation (two grants awarded) - $528,198
  • Project Lead The Way - $829,098
  • Hoosier STEM Academy - $1,582,584
  • University of Evansville - $113,551
  • University of Indianapolis - $262,801
  • Indiana University Foundation (three grants awarded) - $1,253,702

You can read more about the individual programs chosen for the grants by clicking here.