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MPSD is one of three districts in state to receive GearUp MS grant

August 25, 2020-The Meridian Public School District is one of three school districts in the state of Mississippi to receive the GearUp Mississippi Grant for the 2020-21 school year. The other two districts are Greenville and McComb. 

The grant will impact students at G.W. Carver Middle School, Magnolia Middle School, Northwest Middle School, and Meridian High School. 

“We are thrilled to be one of only three districts in the state to receive the Gear Up Mississippi Grant,” said Dr. Amy Carter, MPSD Superintendent. “This grant will provide support to students in the Meridian Public School District as they prepare for life beyond high school.” 

GEAR UP, which stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs is administered by Mississippi State University and is a national college access initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education to significantly increase the number of Mississippi students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The three goals of the project are to:

  • Increase the academic performance and preparation of post-secondary education opportunities
  • Increase the rate of high school graduation and enrollment in postsecondary education
  • Increase GEAR UP students’ and their families’ knowledge of postsecondary education preparation, options and financing

The grant will encompass a seven-year commitment through August 2026 and impact 9 schools and over 4,000 students in Meridian, McComb, and Greenville. Students who graduate from these districts will be awarded a $3,500 scholarship for their first year of college in Mississippi.

“Whether they are headed to a four-year institution, two-year institution, career and technical degree, or the military, Gear Up provides experiences and support during high school for students to explore their interests and forge their career path,” said Melody Pennington-Craft, Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction.

GEAR UP Mississippi is in partnership with Get2College, a college access program, to provide the following services to students and staff.

  • ACT teacher training and professional development for teachers, counselors, and administrators  
  • Family and community engagement activities
  • Student academic preparation
  • ACT Prep
  • College planning and college admission help
  • Financial aid assistance and FAFSA completion

About Meridian Public School District: The Meridian Public School District prepares all students in a parent and community partnership to be literate, self-directed learners with the confidence and character to compete in a complex and ever-changing world. MPSD serves 5,200 students on 13 school campuses. For more information, please visit us on the web at www.mpsdk12.net.