Hattiesburg High School students receive thousands of dollars in scholarships from William Carey University.
About 60 students from the high school participated in a four course ACT prep class at WCU
Juniors and seniors are trying to increase their scores on the standardized test. Each are entitled to a 4,000 dollar scholarship.
Hattiesburg High School Principal, Robert Sanders says, "that's about 240 thousand dollars in scholarships just for those students going through that."
He says this tutoring program is just what his students need to encourage them to take the next step. "Just some encouragement just to know, first of all if you increase your ACT score, it's going to help you."
A higher ACT score would make students eligible for more scholarship opportunities.
Executive Vice President of William Carey University, Scott Hummel says, "the scholarships were also to let them know that there is more to be done and depending on their ACT scores they could get higher scholarships."
Hummel says Carey scholars and honor students tutored Hattiesburg High students for three weeks. He says, "We're not just interested in students coming to college, we're interested in them staying and graduating."
This is the first year for William Carey and Hattiesburg High to do the ACT prep courses. Hummel hopes to expand the program to more schools in the area. He says, "Once we're able to demonstrate their ACT scores increased then I don't think we'll have any problem with additional high school students being a part of this college prep next year."
To be admitted to William Carey students must have an ACT composite score minimum of 20.