JACKSON, Miss.—The state’s two largest universities have partnered up to attract top academic talent in state into education careers.
The Institutions of Higher Learning had their Capital Day on Wednesday and were showcasing different parts of their universities.
“We’re here today to show the state legislature the return on investment they’re getting from their state universities,” said Ole Miss public relations director Danny Blanton.
One of the programs is the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program which is design to keep top talent in the teaching profession in the state.
“What we’re looking for is the best and the brightest students to enter into the education profession,” said Blanton.
There is a long list of incentives for a high school senior to go down that path too.
“It’s really the best scholarship package available for either of our universities,” said Mississippi State University Director of External Affairs Kyle Steward.
The student would receive a full ride of tuition for four years along with books and housing that would be paid for too. During orientation the student would also receive a tablet computer to do schoolwork also.
High school seniors who have 3.5 GPA and a 28 or higher ACT score are eligible to apply and the first class of the program is set to enter both schools this next fall.
These graduates will be required to teach in the state of Mississippi for at least five years after graduation.