Contact: Rene Abadie
Date: March 4, 2013
HAMMOND – More than 180 area high school seniors and their guests attended two Southeastern
Louisiana University's Scholars Showcase events last week (Feb. 26 and 28), where
students were offered special academic and housing scholarships.
In all, more than 500 Louisiana students with ACT scores ranging from 24 to 33 were offered guaranteed scholarships. The scholarships, totaling more than $7 million, are four-year awards that are renewed each year depending upon student academic performance.
Those students who resident in Louisiana also qualify for the state's TOPS awards, which further increases their financial support to attend the university.
At the two events, students and parents toured Southeastern's housing facilities and visited with faculty representing the university's colleges and academic offerings.
"We are thrilled at the prospect of your joining the Southeastern family," said President John L. Crain in his welcome address to the group. "You are here tonight because you have been successful in high school and because you have great things ahead of you."
He added, "You are looking for that special place that's a good fit for you, and we believe that place is Southeastern."
The guests also heard from Dr. Smitty Smith, a Southeastern graduate who is now a physician completing his residency in family medicine in Bogalusa, and Jacqueline Weimer, a 2012 Southeastern graduate now working as an editorial assistant with Point of Vue Magazine in Houma. Both told of their experiences at Southeastern and encouraged the students to become involved in campus life as a way to fully appreciate the university experience.
1) SOUTHEASTERN SCHOLARS SHOWCASE – Kenneth Boulton, right, interim head of the Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Fine and Performing Arts, talks with Corrine Kirkland, senior at Hammond High Magnet School, about academic offerings in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Scholars Showcase held on the campus recently. Listening in are her parents, Jonathan and Cheryl Kirkland. Kirkland was one of more than 180 area students honored with scholarships at the event.
2) SOUTHEASTERN SCHOLARS SHOWCASE – Gerard Blanchard, right, head of the Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Chemistry and Physics, discusses the merits of the program with senior Seth Champagne and his mother Amanda Champagne at Scholars Showcase held on the campus recently. Champagne was one of more than 180 area students honored with scholarships at the event.
3) SOUTHEASTERN SCHOLARS SHOWCASE – Bobby Cope, right, associate professor in the Southeastern College of Business, talks about the college's academic offerings to Mallory Patorno, center, of Northshore High School in Slidell and her mother Pamela Patorno at the university's Scholars Showcase held on campus recently. Patorno was one of more than 180 area students honored with scholarships at the event.
4) SOUTHEASTERN SCHOLARS SHOWCASE – At the recent Southeastern Louisiana University Scholars Showcase, Eileen Creel, right, head of the Southeastern School of Nursing, talks about the program with senior Brett Bankston of Zachary High School while his parents Fred and Gay Bankston listen in. Bankston was one of more than 180 area students honored with schoarships at the event.