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MPS class of 2014 earns $23 million in scholarships

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The 2014 class of students in the Montgomery Public Schools' system has earned an estimated $23 million in scholarship offers.

The class of 2014 received $22,768, 785 in scholarships to schools such as Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, Emory University, University of North Carolina, University of Alabama, Tuskegee University, Troy University, Alabama State University, Auburn Montgomery, Huntington College, Trenholm State and many more.

MPS Superintendent Margaret Allen said that the impressive number is proof that college is an attainable goal for many students. Allen believes that the increase in offerings of advanced placement courses has helped better prepare students for college. Data released by the College Board's tenth annual report shows that students who take advanced placement courses tend to qualify for more scholarships and are statistically more likely to earn their college degrees on time. MPS has increased its AP course offerings by 50 percent since 2007.

Allen also believes that academic supports, advanced technical training and an increase in ACT and SAT test prep opportunities, which are offered by schools and community groups, are major factors in helping students gain funds for college.

"Our career tech programs are preparing students with advanced, in-demand skills that make them more competitive when they pursue additional study at two-and four-year schools, and students have greatly benefited from ACT and SAT test prep sessions offered at no charge by community groups," Allen said. "We can also thank our higher education partners who have come to our schools to work directly with seniors and their parents on how to complete financial aid forms, how to begin the process early, and where to find money for school."

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