Phi Theta Kappa has received a $50,000 grant from the Education Services Foundation (ESF) to fund membership scholarships for 750 low-income community college students in Mississippi.
ESF President and CEO Jim McHale announced the grant in a press conference Tuesday at the Center for Excellence in Jackson, Mississippi. Mississippi Community College Board Executive Director Andrea Mayfield joined McHale in making the announcement. Watch the press conference.
Phi Theta Kappa has 34 chapters in Mississippi’s 15 community colleges. Nearly 10,000 students in Mississippi are active members of Phi Theta Kappa. On average, these students access over $27 million annually in scholarships from Mississippi’s public and private universities.
“Our research tells us that the cost of membership is a barrier for these students,” Phi Theta Kappa’s President and CEO Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner said. “With thousands of dollars in scholarships and college completion rates hanging in the balance, the grant from ESF for Phi Theta Kappa member scholarships will have an enormous impact on the lives of Mississippi’s most talented community college students and the economic future of their communities.”
ESF helps Mississippians achieve a better life through education by providing services and philanthropic grants to educational organizations. The organization’s Get2College initiative offers a comprehensive program to help families plan, prepare and pay for college.
Representatives from the ESF and the Mississippi Community College Board and community college presidents from throughout the state were also in attendance. Read more.