Technology Award Recipients
Technology Award Recipients

Here are four of our 2021 technology award recipients.

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Ms. Shelton
Ms. Shelton

Ms. Shelton is one of our 2021 Technology Award Recipients. She graduated from Leland High in the spring.

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2021 Technology Award Recipients
2021 Technology Award Recipients

Here are four of our 2021 technology award recipients with Jonathan Hill (Board President) and Jack Fredericks (Director).

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Technology Award Recipients
Technology Award Recipients

Here are four of our 2021 technology award recipients.

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75% of children qualify for free or reduced lunch in Mississippi.

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Approximately 70% of residents in the Mississippi Delta live without access to reliable broadband Internet. 

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Why the Delta?

Best known as the birthplace of the blues and the most fertile farmland in the country, the Mississippi Delta is home to the largest concentration of African-Americans in the state of Mississippi. Every county in the Mississippi Delta reports that anywhere from 50% to 75% of its total population is African-American. Over 50% of the families who live below the poverty line in Mississippi are African-American. Unemployment rates in the region for African-Americans range from 15% to as high as 25%. That is compared to unemployment rates for white families, which average about 5% in the region. MDEEP believes that these statistics demonstrate the high need for assistance for the state's most disenfranchised communities in the Mississippi Delta.

African-American students are half as likely to attend an A-Rated School District as white students in Mississippi. 

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How We Help

Here at MDEEP, we believe the best way to affect real change in an historically underserved region is through meaningful and direct projects that strategically address specific needs. Our organization's primary focus is providing updated resources and materials to students, faculty, and staff. Students in the Mississippi Delta are often forced to work with old textbooks, scarce access to technology, and outdated classroom materials. This has a direct impact on their ability to keep up with their peers across the state.  

In order to address these problems, MDEEP works primarily in two ways. The first is through our annual technology award given to four deserving seniors at qualifying schools who plan to go to college. This award comes in the form of a $500 technology package, so that students can have access to a personal laptop, printer, paper, and toner when they first arrive to school in the fall. The second way we address these issues is through our textbook fund. The textbook funds seeks to partner with teachers, faculty, and administrators at schools in the Mississippi Delta to help update their resources and materials. Our textbook fund seeks out small projects that can be funded quickly and delivered to the schools efficiently in order to continue our goal of making an immediate impact.

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