Southeastern offers high school seniors honor scholarships
Contact: Rene Abadie
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1) Eileen Creel, left, interim head of the Southeastern Louisiana University School of Nursing, talks with Hannah Guidry, right, and her mother Kathy Guidry about the university’s nursing program. Guidry, a senior at St. Charles Catholic High School in Lutcher, was one of more than 180 area students honored with scholarships at Southeastern’s Scholars Showcase.
2) Edward Hebert, right, head of the Southeastern Louisiana University Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies, discusses the university’s academic programs with Megan Brathberry, center and her mother Gina Brathberry Megan Brathberry, a senior from Slidell, was one of more than 180 area students honored with scholarships at Southeastern’s Scholars Showcase.
3) Robin Parker Rodrigue, left, marketing director for Southeastern Louisiana University Auxiliary Services, discusses the university’s housing and meal programs with Amanda Bergeron, center, and her mother Judy Bergeron. Amanda Bergeron, a senior from Walker, was one of more than 180 area students honored with scholarships at Southeastern’s Scholars Showcase.
4) Robin Parker Rodrigue, left, marketing director for Southeastern Louisiana University’s Auxiliary Services, talks about the university’s housing and meal plans with Allyson Achee, right, and her mother Shannon Achee. Allyson Achee, a senior at St. James High School in St. Amant, was one of more than 180 area students honored with scholarships at Southeastern’s Scholars Showcase.
HAMMOND More than 180 area high school seniors and their guests attended Southeastern Louisiana University’s Scholars Showcase Tuesday evening (Feb. 28), where students were offered special academic and housing scholarships.
In all, 543 students from 24 Louisiana parishes were offered scholarships at the annual event. The scholarships are four-year awards that are renewed each year depending upon student academic performance.
The Louisiana students also qualify for the state’s TOPS awards, which further increases their financial support to attend the university.
At the event, students and parents toured Southeastern’s housing facilities and visited with faculty representing the university’s 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.”
Noting the beauty of the campus, Crain said beautiful grounds and attractive facilities can be found at many institutions
“But there is something unique and special that you will discover about Southeastern the people here,” he said. “You are looking for that special place that’s a good fit for you, and that place is Southeastern.”
The guests also heard from Chadwick Moore, a recent Southeastern graduate and a trooper with the Mississippi State Police. The recipient of the “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts scholarship from Pass Christian, Miss., Moore encouraged the students to become involved in campus life as a way to fully appreciate the university experience.
“You will find Southeastern a friendly, family-like campus where people are ready to help,” he said. “With the small class sizes, the professors are always there for you and willing to help in any way.”
The students recognized at the event have an average ACT score of 26.28.