Mississippi Valley State receives $900K NCAA grant for academics


ITTA BENA, Miss. — Mississippi Valley State has received a $900,000 grant to build an academic support program for athletes.

The grant came from the NCAA Accelerating Academic Success program. Funding will be provided over three years.

Director of Athletics Dianthia Ford-Kee says in a news release the school will develop a full service academic support program for student athletes. She says plans are for an enhanced computer lab with a new tutorial lab.

She says academic counselors will advise students on their course load and help them understand what courses to take in order to make progress in their majors.

Ford-Kee says the program will ensure student-athletes won’t take more courses than they can handle while their sport is in season.

Tutors also will be available to help students.