Students who want to attend The University of Southern Mississippi and study to become a teacher can get help meeting that goal through a new program established by the State Legislature.
The Teacher Education Scholars Loan/Scholarship (TES) program was created during the 2013 legislative session to encourage high-achieving high school graduates to pursue a career in teaching. Based on available funding, awards of up to $15,000 per year will be made to students with a 3.5 GPA and 28 ACT who are working on a bachelor's degree in teacher education at one of the state’s four-year colleges or universities.
The entire loan amount will be forgiven if recipients teach in a Mississippi public school for five years following completion of the degree and requirements for licensure.
"We’re very pleased that our state legislators created the Teacher Education Scholars program to support the teaching profession in Mississippi,” said Dr. Ann Blackwell, dean of the Southern Miss College of Education and Psychology. “We encourage all qualified students to apply for the scholarships and experience quality teacher education at Southern Miss.”
Students can apply to the program online at www.mississippi.edu/financialaid. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 15 and supporting documents may be submitted through Oct. 15 for the 2013-2014 Aid Year.
Because a student may submit only one online application for state aid each aid year, any student interested in applying for the program but has already submitted a current year state application (since Jan. 1, 2013) should call 601.432.6997 (or toll-free at 800.327.2980), or go to firstname.lastname@example.org to add TES to their application. This cannot be done through the “Update a 2013-2014 Application” link on the website.
For more information about the program, visit http://www.mississippi.edu/riseupms/financialaid-step3-grants-loans.php?article_id=485.