JPS-Tougaloo Early College High School Class of 2024

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JANS – Imagine graduating from high school and receiving your associate degree before your high school diploma! This dream, for some, is a reality for the JPS-Tougaloo Early College High School Class of 2024.

In all, the scholars have been offered a whopping $7,293,854 in scholarships from colleges and universities nationwide.

J-TECHS Principal Ashley Molden said the moment is surreal, having observed scholars earn every accolade they’ve received.

“College graduation is always the highlight of the school year for me,” Molden said. “To have the opportunity to watch scholars accomplish the task of obtaining a college degree before even receiving their high school diploma is honestly an indescribable feeling!”

On May 5, 2024, J-TECHS not only celebrated the graduation of 22 scholars in the Class of 2024, but also rejoiced as members of its founding Class of 2024 made history by receiving their bachelor’s degrees in two years. 

“Their journeys are a testament to our program’s commitment to excellence, community, honor, and scholarship,” Molden added. “Congratulations Class of 2024, we can’t wait to see you continue to take flight to greater heights!”

Tougaloo College offered seniors enrolled in the program the Early College Scholarship, which covers the cost of full tuition. Additionally, five of them qualified for and were awarded the Provost’s Scholarship, which covers tuition and room.

Two scholars received prestigious national scholarships – Jerry Palmer received the Gates Scholarship and Whitney Jones received the Stamps Scholarship.

And the class of 2024 goes down in history as the first to have a member enlist in the National Guard. Realyn Roberts will enlist as an E3, Private First Class 31B Military Police.

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JPS-Tougaloo Early College High School Class of 2024

By Jackson Advocate News Service
May 28, 2024