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LU announces Mirabeau Scholars class of 2011

The fall 2011 semester will mark the arrival of the latest class of Mirabeau Scholars to Lamar University.

Joining Lamar as Mirabeau Scholars will be: Alaina Bray, Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities and Hamshire-Fannett High School, English; Hayley Brazeale, Hardin High School, biology; Jessica Franklin, Bridge City High School, biology; Kaitlyn Hinch, Vidor High School, computer science/graphic design; Jordan King, Orange High School, chemical engineering; Prasun Mandal, West Brook High School, biology; Riley McMillon, Lumberton High School, mechanical engineering; Logan Moss, Orangefield High School, sports medicine; Samuel Placette, Bridge City High School, mechanical engineering; Molly Porter, Nederland High School, English; Brenden Smith, Buna High School, electrical engineering/computer science; Bria Thibodeaux, Bridge City High School, engineering; Zach Townley-Smith, Lumberton High School, chemical engineering; and Bernard Yett, Kelly Monsignor High School, electrical engineering.

“The Mirabeau Scholarship is one of the most prestigious and competitive scholarships we offer,” said Stephen Doblin, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Mirabeau Scholars are held to a higher level of academic and extra-classroom performance because these students are among our best and brightest.”

Each scholarship carries a value of more than $60,000 over eight semesters of support and covers all expenses. Any scholarships or awards the student receives from sources independent of the university are applied to their account and used first, allowing students to use the Mirabeau funds for academic-related expenses such as research, study abroad, or extended learning with the approval of their department chair, college dean and the provost, Doblin said.

“The Mirabeau Scholarship is not tied to a specific major,” Doblin said. “If a student decides during the course of their studies to change their major they don’t lose the scholarship.”

With complete tuition, room and board assistance, plus a stipend for books and living expenses, the financial benefit to the students is obvious. The university benefits as well, Doblin said, “from having exceptional students who live on campus, who are involved in university activities, and who hopefully push their fellow students to excel.” The scholars’ presence in the classroom enhances the academic environment because they ask questions and participate in class discussions, he said.

Mirabeau Scholarships are awarded to outstanding high school students who have met the rigorous requirements for the scholarship. To be considered for a scholarship, students must achieve an SAT score of 1250, excluding the writing score, or higher or a composite ACT score of at least 28, and demonstrated excellence in prior academic work. In addition, documented excellence in a variety of leadership, service, and/or creative endeavors is expected.

To maintain the scholarship, scholars must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5, participate in the University Honors Program and be involved in one or more of the following: student leadership, student government, Lamar Ambassadors, peer advisors or participate in undergraduate research.