Alcorn President Alfred Rankins Jr. announces inaugural 2017 Presidential Bus Tour

Alcorn State University President Alfred Rankins Jr. will embark on his inaugural Presidential Bus Tour, a focused effort to meet with statewide high school and junior college students, counselors and school leadership, to discuss the advantages of an Alcorn education. The 2017 tour will leave the campus of Alcorn State University Tuesday, Jan. 17 and span 13 days with 55 stops throughout the state of Mississippi ending March 1.

The tour provides an opportunity to discuss various benefits of attending Alcorn, including access and affordability, according to Chief of Staff Tracy Cook.

“President Rankins along with Alcorn leadership, admissions staff and faculty representatives will talk with students about preparing for their educational futures,” Cook said. “It’s a great platform to speak directly with the president about life on the campus of Alcorn as well as degree programs, scholarships, housing, financial assistance, study abroad, honors curriculum and career choices.”

Alcorn offers full scholarships (tuition, room and board) to freshmen with a 3.0 or above grade point average and 24 ACT score.

The President’s Excellence Scholarship fully funds tuition, room and board for four years and provides a $500 per semester book allowance. Recipients also receive a $1,000 stipend each semester. Students that have at least a 3.0 grade point average in high school and a score of 28 or above on the ACT earn this scholarship.

The Community College Transfer Graduate Scholarship offers graduates of a community college (who will be attending a four-year college for the first time) with a 3.3 grade point average or above a full scholarship, which covers tuition, room and board.

And don’t worry, if students don’t qualify for scholarships upon acceptance, there’s still a chance to earn the Achieve Scholarship after completing 30 semester hours and sustaining a 3.3 grade point average or above.

President Rankins also developed the tour to enhance relationships throughout the state.

“It’s important that we visit and discuss with the communities we serve how we can better serve them,” Rankins said. “Alcorn will be listening on this tour as well. Workforce development and improving the quality of life for all Mississippians aligns with our mission and goals.”

The inaugural bus tour is part of the president’s efforts to bring awareness to the great happenings at Alcorn and connect the Alcorn community with external constituencies. For more information on the tour, contact Cook at (601) 877-6815.

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