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MS Scholars & Tech Master Info

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What is Mississippi Scholars?

The Mississippi Scholars Initiative is an education program managed by the Public Education Forum of Mississippi, which utilizes business leaders to motivate students to complete a rigorous course of study in high school.  This course path gives students a boost – not just for college but for life.  The Initiative pairs trained local business leaders with classes of 8th grade students.  These leaders present the students with a powerful presentation, which provides the rationale for the recommendation that students take more rigorous courses. 

Purpose of Tech Master?

Develop a program under the Mississippi Scholars umbrella to encourage students to pursue and perform well in a tech-prep course of study, recognizing their achievements at graduation, as the Mississippi Scholars program currently recognizes those who pursue a college-bound course of study, with a particular emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Mississippi Scholars Curriculum


4 credits must consist of:

  • English I (1)
  • English II (1)
  • Two additional English credits above English II and approved for admission to IHL


4 credits must consist of:

  • Algebra I (1)
  • Geometry (1)
  • Algebra II (1)
  • And one Carnegie Unit of comparable rigor and content may come from Mathematics courses approved for Mississippi Scholars Credit


4 credits must consist of:

  • Biology I (1)
  • Chemistry (1)
  • Any 2 Carnegie Units of comparable rigor and content above Biology I and Chemistry (Physics [1] preferred). Additionally, 1 Carnegie unit may come from a Career Technical Education course.


4 credits must consist of:

  • World Geography (1/2)
  • Mississippi Studies (1/2)
  • World History Studies (1)
  • U.S. History (1)
  • U.S. Government (1/2)
  • Economics (1/2)


1 credit of:

  • One Carnegie Unit of visual and performing arts meeting the requirements for high school graduation or
  • Two units for completion of the 2-course sequence Computer Graphics Technology I & II


2 credits must consist of:

  • Two Foreign Languages or a 5th Math or 5th Science of higher rigor
  • Any 2 dual credit courses


  • 40 hours of community or volunteer service during high school for seniors graduating in 2018-2021 (80 hours for seniors graduating in 2022 and later)
  • Minimum of 18 ACT Composite Score (Overall Score) for seniors graduating in 2016 and later
  • 2.5 cumulative high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Three letters of recommendation (one from each of the following — principal, guidance counselor and business/community leader for students with more than 4 in-school suspensions)
  • 95% school attendance during 4 years of high school
  • No out-of-school suspension

CLICK HERE for a list of approved courses that can be substituted for Mississippi Scholars Credit

Mississippi Scholars Tech Master Curriculum

*Flexibility to tailor courses to area of interest.


(4 Credits) English


(3 Credits) Math

  • Algebra I
  • Geometry
  • Math above Algebra I (Course has to be related to program of study)


(3 Credits) Science

  • Biology I
  • 2 courses above Biology I


(3 Credits) Social Studies

  • American History
  • Government
  • MS Studies


(1 Credit) Computer

(½ Credit) Health or PE


(2.5) Electives of your program of study

  • 4 CTE Credits in the same area of study
  • Must have 21 minimum credits - students can go the 21 or 24 credit route allowing time for internship
  • Non-negotiable

Additional Requirements for Recognition of Mississippi Scholars Tech Master Listed Below:

  • 40 hours of community or volunteer service during high school for seniors graduating in 2018-2021 (80 hours for seniors graduating in 2022 and later)
  • Minimum of 18 ACT composite score (overall score) for seniors graduating in 2018-2021 (19 for seniors graduating in 2022 or later) or Minimum 36 ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery Test) or Silver Level WorkKeys
  • 2.5 high school GPA
  • 95% school attendance during high school years
  • No out-of school suspension
  • Must attain a passing score, as established by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), on the Mississippi Career Planning and Assessment System (CPAS2) or a passing score on an MDE approved industry certification assessment.

Mississippi Scholars Tech Master must complete any remaining State-Mandated high school graduation requirements. Dual credit courses are acceptable.