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Homecoming queen honored for giving crown to grieving friend

Oct. 23, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — Leaders of a Mississippi county are honoring a high school homecoming queen who gave her crown to a friend whose mother had just died of cancer. Forrest County Sheriff Charlie Sims presented Covington a citizenship award, and the county Board...

Free community college expected to be cut from spending bill

Oct. 22, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

President Joe Biden's long-sought goal of free community college appears to be a victim of cost-cutting in his social spending plan, dealing a major blow to his vision for a historic expansion of educational opportunity to all Americans. Biden acknowledged as much in a...

North Carolina college receives record $200 million gift

Oct. 22, 2021 08:21 AM EDT

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — An anonymous donor has given a North Carolina college $200 million for its endowment, the largest gift in its history, officials announced. Catawba College, with an enrollment of 1,200, announced the gift on Thursday. The school is located in...

University of Tennessee expands scholarship eligibility

Oct. 22, 2021 04:04 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee system has increased the amount a family can earn and still have a student qualify for a UT Promise scholarship, the system announced Thursday. UT Promise is a last-dollar scholarship that...

Contract extended for Mississippi State University president

Oct. 21, 2021 15:03 PM EDT

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — The governing board for Mississippi's eight public universities is extending the contract of Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum, and while his annual compensation remains the same, a larger share of it will come from public money. ...

Amherst College drops admissions edge for children of alumni

Oct. 20, 2021 13:45 PM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — Amherst College will no longer give admissions preference to the children of alumni, the school announced Wednesday, ending a practice that has been criticized for giving an additional advantage to students from wealthier families. The liberal arts...

Federal trial underway in aviation espionage case

Oct. 20, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The trial of a Chinese national charged with trying to steal trade secrets from multiple U.S. aviation and aerospace companies is underway in federal court in Cincinnati. The government alleges that beginning in December 2013, Yanjun Xu recruited...

Michigan Legislature OKs accounts for private school tuition

Oct. 19, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Children could qualify for scholarships to attend private schools and to cover educational expenses such as tutoring under bills approved Tuesday on party-line votes in the Republican-led Michigan Legislature. The fast-tracked legislation,...

In Ghana, Rastafarian high schooler fights to keep his hair

Oct. 19, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

Tyrone Iras Marhguy had to make a difficult decision after being accepted to the high school of his choice: his faith or his education. An official at the academically elite Achimota School in Ghana told the teen he would have to cut his dreadlocks before enrolling. For...

Minnesota offers kids gift cards and scholarships for shots

Oct. 18, 2021 14:47 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota will offer $200 gift cards and a shot at five $100,000 scholarships as incentives for students ages 12-17 to get vaccinated against COVID-19, Gov. Tim Walz announced Monday. Young people who start and complete their vaccine series over...