Carl Tart is a 2016 graduate of Yazoo City High School, finishing being ranked #3 of 127 with a 4.03 GPA and an ACT score of 25. He chose to continue his education approximately 151 miles north of Yazoo City at the University of Mississippi, known to many as Ole Miss. He is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Science Education. If possible, he plans to return to Yazoo City to teach at his alma mater. He closed out his first semester on December 9th, finishing with a 3.75 GPA.
At Ole Miss, Carl is the recipient of the Academic Excellence Scholarship, Mississippi Boy’s State Delegate scholarship, the Bledsoe Academic Award, the Mississippi Star Student Scholarship, and the King’s Memorial Scholarship for students in the School of Education. He is also the recipient of three local scholarships: the Yazoo County Conventions & Visitors Bureau Scholarship, the Yazoo Community Scholarship, and the Community Solutions of Mississippi Scholarship.
Carl is also the recipient of the Robert Ben Williams Minority Scholarship Endowment, which supports scholarship awarded for academic excellence and provides assistance for young Mississippians. Being the first fund to be established by the university’s African-American alumni, the scholarship is named after Yazoo City native Ben Williams, known as “Gentle Ben”, who was the first African-American football player at Ole Miss.
While on campus, Carl has joined various organizations including the Ole Miss Black Student Union, Teachers of Tomorrow, and holding the position as Events Coordinator for the FASTrack, LLC. He plans to start his own organization in the spring that supports no-kill animal shelters and pet adoption agencies. He has also worked on the campaigns of the reigning Homecoming Queen MK Phillips and Miss Ole Miss Acacia Santos.