Mississippi Scholars and TechMaster Distinction


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.

Course Requirements:
(AP courses are acceptable substitutes)

Please see the website https://msmec.com/public-education-forum/curriculum/ for a detailed list of specific course requirements in each subject area.

  • 4 Credits English
  • 4 Credits Math
  • 4 Credits Science
  • 4 Credits Social Studies
  • 1 Credit Arts
  • 2 Credits Advanced Electives
  • Must have 24 minimum credits

Students may earn a Standard Diploma through the Traditional Pathway

Additional Expectations:
• 80 hours of community or volunteer service during 4 years of high school
• 19 ACT Composite score (Overall Score) or a minimum ASVAB score of 36
• 2.5 Cumulative high school GPA
• 95% school attendance during 4 years of high school (excused/unexcused absences)
• No out-of-school suspensions
• Must attain a passing score on all end of course exams, as established by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE)
• Dual credit courses are acceptable


Mississippi Tech Master Students are preparing for their future careers. Employers are concerned with ensuring that both potential and incumbent employees have the skills necessary to thrive in today's workplace.

Current MDE Career Pathway Track - Academic Course of Study:

English - 4 credits

Math - 3 credits 

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

Science - 3 credits

  • Biology I
  • 2 courses above Biology I
  • (3 Credits) Social Studies

Social Studies

  • American History
  • Government
  • MS Studies

Computer -1 credit

Health or PE - 1/2 unit

Electives of your program of study - 2.5 credits

  • 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:

  • 80 hours of community or volunteer service during high school 
  • Minimum of 19 ACT composite score (overall score) for seniors 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