The Piney Woods School (PWS) announces additional scholarship opportunities for incoming 9th grade students, beginning the 2015-2016 school year. Founded in 1909 with a mission of providing educational excellence, Dr. Laurence C. Jones, began to teach rural African-American youth in a time when doing so was neither broadly supported nor safe to do. PWS believe that education is a right, and we have made it our mission to provide the opportunity to underserved communities by offering excellent education programs, regardless of students’ ability to pay. In those early days, students might pay by bringing a chicken, lumber, nails, and small amounts of goods. Today, over 80% of domestic-based students continue to hail from lower income, urban and marginalized communities.
Under the new scholarship program, eligible applicants for admission may be awarded up to $20,000 annually toward tuition, room and board and other education-related expenses. Presently, annual tuition (including room and board) exceeds $23,000 per student. Applicants are assessed for scholarship offerings based upon demonstrated academic potential, youth leadership skills and personal commitment to education and community. The Piney Woods School will continue to consider additional support based on financial need. Scholarship awards will be subject to annual renewal as determined by satisfactory academic performance and exemplary personal conduct.
PWS is a private, co-educational boarding school, located 21 miles south of Jackson, MS. PWS creates a living and learning environment where students are expected to excel personally and academically, as well become civically engaged and socially responsible. After undertaking PWS’s rigorous learning curriculum, 99% of graduating seniors are admitted to institutions of higher learning. PWS is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools, and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.