Prentiss, Tishomingo grads to get assistance

Two more Northeast Mississippi counties will provide financial backing to next spring’s high school graduates when they enter college in the fall of 2010.
The Prentiss County and Tishomingo County Boards of Supervisors have agreed to participate in the Community College Tuition Assistance Program administered by the Northeast Mississippi Planning and Development District.
They follow 12 other counties across the region in which tuition help is offered through both government and private entities.
“The Prentiss County board is proud to partner with the city of Booneville and the city and county school districts to support this program,” said Board of Supervisors President Mike Huddleston. “We’re also working to get private donations for the endowment. We know that some graduating seniors receive scholarships, but others fall through the cracks. This program might make a difference between them entering the work force or furthering their education.”
The Prentiss County board committed $25,000 to the program in its fiscal year 2010 budget, the NEMPDD will make a matching contribution of $25,000 and CREATE Foundation will make a donation to Northeast Mississippi Community College as it has done for each of the other colleges that participate in the program.
While Tishomingo County also is moving toward providing tuition assistance for its 2010 graduating class, details are yet to be worked out with NEMPDD, said Chancery Clerk Peyton Cummings.
The commitment by these two counties makes it possible for students living in all the counties served by Northeast – Alcorn, Prentiss, Tippah, Tishomingo and Union – to receive tuition assistance.

Contact Lena Mitchell at (662) 287-9822 or lena.mitchell@djournal.com.

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