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TALH program offers opportunities for pre-college students

The Lamar University Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities (TALH) program provides students the opportunity to pursue the ideals of academic excellence, ethical leadership and community service within the context of a rigorous university setting, far beyond that of a high school education. Students are given the opportunity to pursue research that only a university experience can provide.

TALH is an early entrance college residential honors program at Lamar University. All students accepted into the unique program receive full-tuition scholarships for up to 15 credit hours per semester and get to live on campus. TALH is a highly selective program for students eager for an enriched intellectual experience, enhanced by programs in the humanities and leadership development.

“Academically, TALH is a liberal arts program, but our broader purpose is to foster leadership skills through exposure to a variety of humanities-based programs, including community service,” said Scott Stevenson, admissions director of the academy. “At the core of any meaningful understanding of ‘leadership’ is a moral sensibility, and our goal is to cultivate this sensibility, along with the courage to live your principles, in our students.”

Demonstrating the ideals of academic excellence, four students from TALH have been informed by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and the National Achievement Scholarship Program they have been designated Finalists. Dane Hall, La Grange, was recognized as a National Merit Finalist, Simone Oliver, Arlington and Ashleigh Ray, Rowlett, earned National Achievement Scholarship honors, and Amber Randolph, Austin, received Finalist status in both scholarship rewards.

 “The Academy and Lamar University takes great pride in the academic accomplishment of these students and wish them continued success as they continue their educational journey after graduation,” said Ted Stuberfield, director of TALH. “It is with delight to have one student obtain the distinction of Finalist, but to have four students, with one recognized in both scholarship awards is simply extraordinary.”

Also, TALH student Chris York, Beaumont, and two other Lamar University students competed as a team, earning first place in the calculus bowl at the 94th Annual Meeting of the Texas Section of the Mathematical Association of America, April 3-5.

“The TALH community and the greater learning community of Lamar University are very proud of Chris and the academic prowess he exhibits in the classroom, in our learning community, and as a representative of Lamar University,” Stuberfield said. “We applaud his hard work and love for mathematics, but also recognize his ability to accomplish his academic goals over a broad spectrum of academic fields.”

For more information about the program, visit www.texasacademy.org or call (409) 839-2995.