So just imagine for second that you are a college student, and you are not only trying to pursue a degree to help you get closer to your future goals of having your degree, but you’re constantly on the prowl for extra money for school, whether it be in forms of scholarships and grants; but most importantly, scholarships!
HBCUs all across the country have exceeded many expectations in the areas of scholarship programs, and on scholarship program in particular is a program solely dedicated to helping students of Jackson State University improve in their areas of study; in which they can do from their own iPads; yes that’s right iPads.
Jackson State University (JSU) has taken a new initiative allowing this schools incoming freshmen the package deal of academic scholarship and free iPads with built-in applications for college students through Mississippi e-Center’s iPad Technology Advantage Scholarship Initiative (otherwise known as TASI).
Studies have shown the use of iPads amongst the college student population have been to shown to facilitate and improve the learning performances of students and when coupled with eBooks, they have the potential to reduce the cost of textbooks by 20% to 80% resulting in a savings of hundreds of dollars each semester; and so with much consideration, the TASI program has given students the opportunity to advance their learning and studying habits through the iPad JSU apps.
One source to speak on the excellence of this program comes from Mark G. Hardy, Ph.D., University Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Biology at Jackson State. In a conducted interview Hardy says, “Jackson State University is the first institution in Mississippi and one of the first in the nation to comprehensively integrate the iPad into the curriculum.”
“The iPad will also dramatically enhance the student’s learning experience while creating a cost savings on purchase of electronic books as compared to the more expensive paperback book.”
The program is set to initiate this program for all incoming students from the summer to the spring semester of 2013. For more information, visit the website at http://www.jsums.edu/ipad/about-tasi/