Two Mississippi Universities Offer Scholarships to Future TeachersBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 22 Jan 2013 06:05pm |
Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi have joined forces to create an innovative program designed to attract the state's best and brightest students into the field of education. MPB's Lawayne Childrey has more on the collaborative efforts of the state’s top two rival universities.
When it comes to athletics, Ole Miss and MSU are usually on opposite ends of the field. But University of Mississippi Chancellor Dan Jones says a new scholarship program designed to increase interest in middle and high school teaching careers has brought the two schools together.
"We all recognize that our state has a number of challenges and the root cause of all of those challenges centers around education and certainly the root solution for all of these problems centers around education. And so this program is going to be pivotal in allowing us to attract the very brightest and very best to put in Mississippi classrooms."
The program is called the Mississippi Excellence in Teaching Program, or MET. Mississippi State University President Dr. Mark Keenum says the goal is to attract high-ability freshmen and community college students who want to become mathematics and English teachers.
"We're talking about full tuition, room and board, their books, all of the technical equipment that they'll need. We're going to have study abroad that were going to provide for them to be able to travel to other places. And these students are students that are going to have to be eligible to be members of our respective honors colleges on our two campuses. So these are outstanding students to start with."
The proposal is being funded by the Robert Hearin Foundation in Jackson. Matt Holleman is one of its trustees.
"When they graduate or when anybody graduates they're looking for a job and they can find those jobs somewhere else. I think this combination where we have bright graduates, well-trained. We've got the opportunity right here inside the state to keep them here lays the groundwork for a real success story."
Participants will be required to stay in Mississippi and teach for at least five years after graduation.
Lawayne Childrey, MPB News.
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