Congratulations to the all of the students awarded a Next Generation Hoosier Educators Scholarship by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. This scholarship provides 200 high-achieving high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in education the opportunity to earn a renewable scholarship of up to $7,500 each year for four academic years. In exchange, students agree to teach for five years at an eligible Indiana school.

This year, 33 of those awarded a scholarship will be attending Ball State University in the fall, and we are going to be highlighting each. First up is Audrey Shepler!


Audrey Shepler (She/Her)

Audrey Shepler on Bench


Anderson, Indiana

High School: 

Daleville Jr-Sr High School

HS Graduation Date:

June 3, 2022

Did you participate in any extracurricular activities in high school?

Yes, I was involved in Cross Country, Basketball, Softball, Band, Student Council, National Honors Society, Math National Honors Society, and Academic Team.

What are you planning on studying at Ball State?

I am planning to dual major in Elementary and Special Education and minor in early childhood development.

What makes you want to become an educator/teacher?

I want to become a teacher because I have always been very passionate about becoming a teacher and want to inspire others to feel as passionate about education as I am!

Audrey Shepler with Pets

What made you choose Ball State?

I chose Ball State because it has such a good education program and a very welcoming atmosphere.

When you think about heading to college in the fall, is there something you are most excited about/looking forward to?

I am most excited to meet new people and get involved in clubs on campus in the fall.

Do you have any hobbies? If so, what?

Some of my hobbies include baking, reading about history and art, working out, painting, and doing crafts.

Fun fact about yourself:

I have four pet pigs.

Congratulations Audrey!