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|INNOVATIVE PROGRAM AT SOUTHEASTERN PROVIDES SCHOLARSHIPS TO HIGH
HAMMOND – Area high school students are getting the opportunity to
jumpstart their college education through an innovative “Southeastern Scholars”
program at Southeastern Louisiana University.
The Southeastern Scholars
program is open to students with ACT composite scores of 24 or above and
a 3.0 high school grade point average. Participants can receive a tuition
scholarship for up to six hours of Southeastern course work.
“This is an excellent opportunity
for high achieving students to get an early start on their college careers
and save significant dollars in tuition,” said Southeastern President Randy
Moffett. He said Southeastern is the only university in the state that
awards this six-hour tuition scholarship to all qualified students until
their enrollment as a college freshmen.
“With this head start on
college, students may be able to complete their bachelor’s degree within
three years after graduation from high school and apply the fourth year
of their TOPS scholarship towards graduate studies,” added Debbie Longman,
coordinator of the College of General Studies’ Office of Student Success.
Approximately 70 high school
students are now enrolled as Southeastern Scholars, she said, approximately
double the number since last fall.
Longman said Southeastern
Scholars take classes at the main campus in Hammond, at Southeastern’s
St. Tammany Center in Mandeville and at Fontainebleau High School.
Some are also enrolled in online courses. Courses are also offered
at any of Southeastern’s satellite campuses.
“Students who participate
in this program are enrolled in every college at Southeastern,” Longman
said. “While a dozen or more high schools currently have students
enrolled in the Scholars program, Fontainebleau High School in Mandeville
has the most participants.”
“The Southeastern Scholars
program has helped me make a better transition from my high school environment
to college,” said Albany High School senior Danielle DiMiceli. “I am really
enjoying being in college.”
Longman said Southeastern
Scholars can participate in a special orientation program and are eligible
for a special section of Freshman Seminar 101, a course that explores educational
objectives and teaches success skills.
“Our office," she said,
"provides assistance to the participating students by serving as a liaison
between the student scholars and other departments on campus. Throughout
the program, students receive ongoing and personalized contact from faculty
who are specially trained to handle their needs.”
To participate in the Southeastern
Scholars Program, qualified students should complete Southeastern’s admission
process by submitting the application for admission (indicating an admission
status of “Southeastern Scholar”), the application fee, “Proof of Immunization”
form, and ACT scores. They must also complete the Southeastern Scholars
application, which must be signed by their high school principal, and provide
a high school transcript to verify the required grade point average.
Students and parents can
find information and application forms online by visiting Southeastern's
Prospective Students page, www.selu.edu/futurestudents.
Additional information is also available through the Office of Student