The Lamar University Program provides scholarships to community college students who transfer to Lamar University and upper level MATH and/or CS majors to complete a bachelor’s degree in mathematics or computer science. Selected students are awarded scholarships up to $5,000 per semester (up to $10,000 annually) for up to four semesters at Lamar University. During the first summer, the students will take a class, engage in research project with mathematics and computer science faculty, and participate in a orientation to the Lamar University campus and community. While at Lamar ASCENT scholars will meet regularly – both individually and as part of the cohort – with faculty mentors. In addition to faculty mentoring, students will be supported by peer mentoring, career education, and additional summer research opportunities.
- Application due dates:
- November 15 (for Spring semester). Students should verify their eligibility by December 2.
- March 31 (for Fall/Summer semesters). Students should verify their eligibility for financial aid by April 5.
- A complete ASCENT application consists of the all of the following material. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed until all of the appliation materials have been received.
- A Lamar University Transfer Application for Admission including a recommendation letter.
- The completed Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- This ASCENT Program application including personal information, academic history, one academic reference, and a completed essay.
- Up to $5000 per long semester for up to four long semesters
- Summer Dorm Support and Stipend
- Lead mentoring by faculty member in your discipline
- Peer and external mentoring
- Receive couseling on job search, resume preparation and interviewing techniques from the LU Career Center
- Learn about graduate study in your discipline
- Opportunities to participate in professional conferences and Careers Forums
- ASCENT Learning Community
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Free Support
- Complete degree within four long semesters
- Maintain at least 3.0 GPA in your major courses
- Maintain at least 3.0 overall GPA
- Participate in Summer Bridge and Enrichment Program in Year 1
- Participate in Orientation and other introductory sessions
- Regularly meet with ASCENT mentor(s)
- Participate in Summer Undergraduate Research Project (URP) in Year 2
- Participate in Learning Community activities
- Complete surveys as requested that will help assess the ASCENT program
- Notify your faculty mentor if you are considering changing major
- Participate in departmental and professional activities - Pi Mu Epsilon, Math Club, ACM, etc.
- Complete GRE during senior year
- Be a good representative of the ASCENT project