HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - William Carey University has received a $20,000 grant to help provide new teachers in Meridian. The money comes from the Phil Hardin Foundation.
The grant will allow people who already have a bachelor's degree in another field to take courses required to get an alternate route teaching license.
The grant will pay tuition for about 10 students. WCU will cover the tuition costs of additional students. The grant will help expand a campaign called Teach Meridian.
"We are excited about the opportunity to expand our Teach Meridian campaign in partnership with William Carey University," said Meridian Superintendent Amy Carter. "The grant provided through the Phil Hardin Foundation affords prospective teachers financial assistance to become a teacher which benefits both our students and our community."
A meeting for those interested in applying will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Meridian High School Freshman Academy Library.
"Dedicated, high-quality teachers are the most important factor in the success of our public schools, and there's a crisis in teacher availability and retention in Mississippi right now," said Lloyd Gray, executive director of the Hardin Foundation. "The Meridian Public School District faces a major challenge in recruiting and retaining good teachers, and the Hardin Foundation is pleased to be a partner with William Carey University in an important initiative that will help MPSD meet that challenge."