The Mississippi Economic Council and its M.B. Swayze Foundation sponsors the Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program in an effort to encourage scholastic achievement among the state's high school students. The STAR Program has two specific purposes:

  1. Emphasize scholastic excellence and encourage greater scholastic effort among Mississippi students.
  2. Recognition of the teaching profession.
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330 STAR Students Honored at Education Celebration - Most in Program History

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A St. Patrick Catholic High School student with a perfect 36 composite score on the American College Test (ACT), combined scores of 144 and grade point average of 97.08 has been named Mississippi’s TOP ALL-STAR Scholars for 2018. Matthew M. Bisner, son of Mr. Thomas and Ms. Robin Peters of Ocean Springs, Mississippi received top recognition at the 53rd Annual Education Celebration held by the Mississippi Economic Council’s M. B. Swayze Foundation. A $24,000 scholarship provided by the Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation, Inc. was presented to Bisner by Katy Pacelli, Executive Director. Each STAR Student is asked to designate a STAR Teacher – Bisner designated L. Orin Eleuterius, Sr. of D’Iberville, Mississippi as his STAR Teacher. Eleuterius has been teaching for 40 years and this is his first time being named STAR Teacher.  Read More

Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. STAR Scholarships:

The top 20 STAR Students will be called ALL-STAR Scholastic Scholars, following the same steps as those used at the local level. Each ALL-STAR Scholar will receive a Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. STAR Scholarship provided by the Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. Charitable Foundation, Inc. Mr. Cooke was a native of Attala County and was active in worldwide pipeline construction. The STAR scholarship will be:

  • To the state's top ALL-STAR Scholar, a $24,000 Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. STAR Scholarship.
  • To the first runner-up, a $20,000 Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. STAR Scholarship.
  • To the second runner-up, a $16,000 Kelly Gene Cook, Sr. STAR Scholarship.

The above scholarships are awarded in equal payments over four years and are contingent upon student performance. One-time scholarship awards of $1,000 are provided to the remaining 17 ALL-STAR Scholars. Teachers of the top three ALL-STAR Scholars will each receive a $1,000 award. The remaining 17 ALL-STAR Teachers will each receive a $500 award.

* - STAR Students and STAR Teachers must be United States citizens to receive scholarships.