Jackson State University recently received a $150,000 grant from P3 Group, the largest African-American-owned real estate developer in the United States. The P3 Group also donated $150,000 to Florida A&M University.
The funds will provide scholarships to students enrolled full-time at JSU who demonstrate a financial need that scholarships and other financial aid options cannot meet, according to a statement issued by JSU. P3 Group will fund the endowment over five years through 2025 at $30,000 annually, with eligible students receiving $2,000 per semester.
Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, P3 Group works with institutions, schools, cities, counties, and parastatal agencies throughout the United States and the Caribbean. The Brown Foundation Community Development Corporation, the charitable arm of P3, made a one-time donation of $10,000 to the band Sonic Boom of the South performing earlier in the 2021 season.
MSU receives scholarship to train public school teachers
The Mississippi State University Meridian Division of Education recently received $2 million in federal grants through the Mississippi Teacher Residency Program to support its efforts to train public school teachers to fill the more than 3,000 currently open positions.
Launched in 2018, MTR is a free, two-year program designed to recruit disadvantaged college students to work toward their Mississippi Elementary Education and Teacher Certificates, according to a statement from Mississippi State University. The Mississippi Department of Education administers the program, in which participants receive full scholarships, test fees, books, and teacher stipends for the school year.
MTR includes training along with teacher-directed, testing support, professional development, ongoing assessment and a commitment to teaching in a school or critically underserved district serving low-income children, racial and ethnic minorities, and children with disabilities unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic. proportional.
Thirteen students graduated from the first two cohorts at MSU-Meridian in 2021. New areas joining Jackson Public Schools in the MTR program include Choctaw County, Kimber County, Lauderdale County, Louisville Municipal, Meridian, Starkville, Octabha and Union.
USM receives funding to train resident teachers in Mississippi
The Mississippi Department of Education recently announced a $2 million, two-year donation to the University of Southern Mississippi to support teacher accommodations in Mississippi in critical shortage areas. The donation is part of a larger $9.8 million program that will cover tuition and expenses at five Mississippi universities for up to 240 individuals pursuing graduate degrees in elementary and secondary education, according to a statement from the USM.
USM has been involved in training resident teachers at the university level in partnership with the National Center for Teacher Residences. Teacher residency includes opportunities to open and close the school year, parent-teacher conferences, and professional learning communities focused on supporting residents as they transition to in-service teachers.
The expansion of the USM residency program will allow 30 new teachers to teach and train at no out-of-pocket along with full scholarships, stipends, textbooks, test fees, and career guidance. New resident teachers at the graduate level participate in comprehensive coursework and clinical classroom experiences.
For more information about the USM Teacher Preparation Program, visit usm.edu/education. For more information about MDE’s Mississippi Teacher Residency Program, visit mdek12.org.