Nancy Evans Memorial Scholarship

Fueled by the University’s commitment to increasing educational opportunities in the Beaumont Independent School District; the Office of Academic Affairs together with the Office of Community Relations, Economic Development, and Student Access are excited to collaborate with the community on improving academic achievement.

The launch of the scholarship resulted in two new endeavors:

  • Full scholarships, including four years of tuition, fees, room, board, and a book stipend, to two deserving graduating high school seniors that attend Beaumont Independent School District.
  • This partnership was created to make college a tangible, desired expectation rather than just a dream for the youth.

This collaboration between the university and BISD is aimed at increasing higher education opportunities for the district's graduating seniors. The scholarship will be awarded to the students that display a clear commitment to their education, promising academic success, and embody a spirit for the love of learning. 

 

Program Oversight

The Scholarship will be administered by the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid in collaboration with the Office of University Advancement, Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Community Relations, Economic Development and Student Access and other appropriate departments.  

Nancy Evans Memorial Scholar Guide

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify for the scholarship, students:

  • must be a first-time, in-college freshman entering Lamar University in a fall semester.
  • must be accepted to Lamar University and intend to enroll full-time following high school graduation.
  • must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.
  • must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at fafsa.gov; federal school code: 003581.
  • must be financial-aid eligible.
  • must demonstrate superior scholastic ability and graduate within the top 50% of their graduating class.
  • submit an essay of no more than 1,500 words as evidence of leadership and involvement, outstanding character, service to community and school. Students are to briefly describe their future plans and detail their recent leadership experiences.

How to apply:

Visit:  www.lamar.edu/myscholarships

Login using your Lamar University LEA username and password

Search: "Nancy Evans Memorial Scholarship."

Apply before February 1 for the following academic year.

 

Expectations of Scholarship Recipients

The scholarship will be awarded to two students entering Lamar University as freshman in the fall semester. These students will have the opportunity to retain the scholarship for four years or eight long semesters. Recipients must maintain a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA and satisfactorily complete 12 credit hours per semester.  The scholars are also expected to commit to service leadership representing the Office of Community Relations, Economic Development and Student Access through ongoing civic engagement and involvement. Furthermore, it is required that the scholars establish a mentor and keep a record of contact. This is a last-dollar award. Students are eligible to receive other funding including any forms of gift aid (university and outside scholarships and grants). Any of these additional awards will be applied to the student’s bill first and the Nancy Evans Memorial Scholarship will cover the remaining balance.

 

Nancy Evans Memorial Scholars

Aurora Maldonado south park scholar

Aurora Maldonado
Major: Social Work
Classification: Senior

What does the Nancy Evans Memorial Scholarship Mean to You?

 "As a first-generation college student, this scholarship means that I have the opportunity to pursue higher education without the financial burden that college entails. I not only have the opportunity to attend Lamar University, but I am also able to have an authentic college experience right in my backyard. This scholarship is truly invaluable; it not only looks to award academic and leadership achievement, but it also does so for members of underrepresented communities. As I look forward to graduating in a year, I know that I will take what I’ve learned at Lamar, with the help of this scholarship, and give back in my personal life and professional career in the social work field."

What advice would you give to those considering applying for the scholarship?

"To those students who are looking to apply for this scholarship, I encourage you to be authentic and be involved. When you are yourself and act from the heart, you represent your background and show the world your uniqueness. By doing this and being involved in activities that interest you and give back to your community, the qualities that this scholarship looks for—leadership, service and academic achievement—will be evident in you without you realizing it."

What do you enjoy most about being a Cardinal?

"One of the things I enjoy most about being a Lamar Cardinal is the support that I’ve received from faculty and staff. Receiving mentorship and support from others has solidified and encouraged my pursuit of daunting yet rewarding opportunities. In addition, as I’m close to my family, I enjoy being a Cardinal because it means I get to see them frequently and have their support."


Arely Medina

Arely Medina
Major: Pre-Nursing
Classification: Senior

What does the Nancy Evans Memorial Scholarship Mean to You?

"This scholarship gives me a chance to show what I can achieve with diligent studying and what kind of a role model I can be for incoming Cardinals. It has helped me financially as well, and I am very grateful to have received it."

What advice would you give to those considering applying for the scholarship?

"There is nothing you can't do with all the encouragement of having this scholarship, so be sure to try your hardest in class and show that you have the ability to achieve what you desire. You may have little ups and downs but just understand it's a process that happens to most of us so don't feel discouraged."

What do you enjoy most about being a Cardinal?

"First, to be able to call me a Cardinal, and second, to be able to show others how many amazing Cardinals we have yearned to reach success, is what I enjoy most!"


 Alejandro Gomez

Alejandro Gomez
Major: Mechanical Engineer
Classification: Sophomore

What does the Nancy Evans Memorial Scholarship Mean to You?

"I'll always be thankful for this scholarship as it has opened up many opportunities for success. Because of this scholarship, I can focus on working to reach those opportunities without having any financial struggles."

What advice would you give to those considering applying for the scholarship?

"My advice to anyone that is considering applying for this scholarship, is to never let opportunities go to waste. We all have dreams of being successful, so take every shot at every opportunity that could help you reach dreams of success."

What do you enjoy most about being a Cardinal?

"What I enjoy most about being a Cardinal is being surrounded by so much school pride and other Cardinals that encourage and support you."


Aylin Galvan

Aylin Galvan
Major: Nutrition and Dietetics
Classification: Sophomore

What does the Nancy Evans Memorial Scholar Scholarship Mean to You?

"The South Park Scholarship means so much to me in a nostalgic way. I have lived in the South Park neighborhood since I was born, attending Pietzsch Mac-Arthur, where I noticed a lot of support around the Cardinal community. I remember attending field trips to see Lamar University basketball players or instances where the college cheerleaders came to visit my elementary school, and then in my senior year, I would finally have two college visits to Lamar to get a first-hand look at student life. To have a scholarship provided to me from a neighborhood where I was surrounded by LU culture is just astonishing to me and would make my younger self absolutely joyful!"

What advice would you give to those considering applying for the scholarship?

"To anyone that is considering applying for this scholarship, always remember there are opportunities everywhere you go in life. You miss all the shots you don't take, so make sure to grab and take every opportunity that comes in your path. Don't be afraid to ask around for any help. There are people out there who want you to be successful. "

What do you enjoy most about being a Cardinal?

"The thing I enjoy most about being a Cardinal is finally being the face I saw when I was in elementary school. I grew up so close to Lamar University and always aspired to go to college and be successful. It's breathtaking that the moment I have been waiting for all of my childhood years has finally come. I enjoy inspiring my younger sisters and just the general population of younger students who are growing up in a Cardinal-centered community. I'm finally the college student I once grew up watching."


Valeria Ayala Nancy Evans Memorial Scholar higher resolution

Valeria Ayala
Major: Accounting
Classification: Freshman

What does the Nancy Evans Memorial Scholarship Mean to You?

The Nancy Evans Memorial Scholarship to me means an opportunity to be someone in life. This scholarship is my chance to have a career and pay back my mother for everything she’s done for me. The ability to be able to become someone successful is an opportunity like no other. The amount of support I have from Lamar and the community because of this scholarship motivates me to make Mrs. Evans proud of what she has created. This scholarship has opened a new world of possibilities for me to grow and become the best me I can be. To me the Nancy Evans Memorial Scholarship means new beginnings and new endeavors. 

What advice would you give to those considering applying for the scholarship?

My advice to the students who are taking in consideration applying for this scholarship is to take the odds and make them work in your favor. Be as organic as you can and be confident when applying. 

What do you enjoy most about being a Cardinal?

What I enjoy the most about being a cardinal is the pride and support we have as Lamar Students. We bleed red and white and being around peers who love the school as much as I do makes the college experience so much more enjoyable.


Emily Deal Nancy Evans Memorial Scholar higher resolution

Emily Deal
Major: Pre-Nursing
Classification: Freshman

What does the Nancy Evans Memorial Scholarship Mean to You?

This scholarship gives me an opportunity to further my education while engaging in the community that molded me into the young woman I am today.  

What advice would you give to those considering applying for the scholarship? 

My advice would be is to take complete advantage of this opportunity as it builds character and open doors to new experiences while investing in your education.  

What do you enjoy most about being a Cardinal? 

What I enjoy most about being a Cardinal is the atmosphere is very welcoming. I feel like I never left home.

Nancy Evans Memorial Scholars are provided resources to support their retention and success!

South Park Scholar, Aurora Modalin, Jr. a social work major as she is inducted into LU Chapter 95 of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
Nancy Evans Memorial Scholar Aurora Maldonado, a social work major, as she is inducted into LU Chapter 95 of the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi 
The scholars work to further develop SOAR.
The scholars work to further develop SOAR.
Scholars are offered professional development workshops.
Scholars are offered professional development workshops.
Scholars are trained to use technology in the NEST.
Scholars are trained to use technology in the NEST.
Scholars tour industry partners.
Scholars tour industry partners.