Medgar Evers College is proud to announce that it has received a $450,000 dollar grant from the New York State Department of Education. The three-year, five month grant will fund the Smart Scholars Early College program at Medgar Evers College and Medgar Evers College Preparatory High School (MECPHS).
“For many students, college does not begin on the first day of college classes,” said Medgar’s Senior Vice President and Provost Dr. Howard C. Johnson. “Their career often begins in high school when they take Advanced Placement courses. Programs like Smart Scholars help students, from traditionally underserved neighborhoods, begin to realize their full academic potential before they come to college. This grant will greatly help us support this important initiative.”
The program allows high school students at MECPHS to enroll in Medgar Evers College courses, giving them a head start in their college careers. “This grant will allow us to better prepare the next generation of Central Brooklyn college students,” said Medgar Evers College President Dr. William L. Pollard. “Students who come to college with some college-level preparation tend to perform better academically.”
MECPHS has been voted as one of the best in Brooklyn by the New York Daily News in both 2007 and 2008. The School’s Dual Enrollment program was acknowledged by President Barack Obama in 2009 for its innovative approach to helping students graduate from high school with an associate’s degree. MECPHS is also among three high schools named as 2010 College Board Inspiration Award winners for improving their academic environments and helping underserved students achieve equitable access to higher education.
“This collaboration between Medgar Evers College and Medgar Evers College Preparatory School will significantly alter the educational landscape by ushering in a new era of academic excellence for a traditionally underserved community,” said Dr. Michael A. Wiltshire, Principal of Medgar Evers College Preparatory School. “The entire Medgar Evers College Prep School community is extremely grateful to the Administration of Medgar Evers College for its support, encouragement and generosity. We look forward to continued success and significant accomplishments in this educational journey.”
This is the latest in a series of grants received by Medgar Evers College, including five grants from the New York City Department of Youth and Community Development totaling $1,838,308 for various youth programs.
Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.