Forty-nine graduates of the Mississippi Scholars program were recently recognized during senior award ceremonies at Mooreville High School, Nettleton High School, Saltillo High School, and Shannon High School. Since 2003, Lee County schools have participated in the program designed to motivate students to enroll in rigorous high school courses that will prepare them for college and careers. Tupelo City Schools began participation in 2011 and will graduate its first class of Mississippi Scholars in 2015.
“This challenging program encourages students to graduate from high school and go the extra mile for their future and economic success,” said Gina Black, project manager and MS Scholar coordinator for Community Development Foundation. “Whether they plan to attend college, join the military, or go directly into the workforce, the MS Scholars program helps every student become more prepared.”
Each Mississippi Scholars graduate was awarded a medallion of distinction and certificate of recognition for their accomplishment. Each student also received a gift card as a special token of appreciation for graduating from the program.
The course of study for Mississippi Scholars includes four credits of English/Language Arts, four credits of Mathematics, four credits of Science, four credits of Social Studies, an art credit, and two credits of a Foreign Language. Additional expectations of Mississippi Scholars graduates include community service, 95% school attendance, a letter of recommendation from a principal or guidance counselor, and a 2.5 cumulative high school grade point average.
For more information on the Mississippi Scholars program or to learn how your business can be a part of Mississippi Scholars, please contact Gina Black in the CDF office at (662) 842-4521.