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TALH students National Achievement Scholarship semifinalists

Three students from the Lamar University Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities (TALH) have been informed by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) they have been designated semifinalists in the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program based on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT).   Simone Oliver, Arlington; Amber Randolph, Austin and Ashleigh Ray, Rowlett, were among the more than 1,600 scholastically talented Black students who had the opportunity to compete for approximately 800 Achievement Scholarship awards worth approximately $2.5 million.

“TALH is elated with the announcement and gives high praise to the intellectual talent exhibited by our students,” said Ted Stuberfield, director of the Academy. “To receive word of two National Merit semifinalists earlier in the semester and now an announcement recognizing three semifinalists for National Achievement Scholarship is indeed an honor for our students and a point of pride for TALH and Lamar University.”

Randolph, who serves as co-president of TALH student government and president of the TALH chapter of Junior Statesmen of America (JSA), has been recognized as a semifinalist for both National Merit and National Achievement.  In addition, the NMSC announced five TALH students received commended status recognition for their achievements on the PSAT.  Those students are; Alex Breland, Emily Sherman, Jake Starkey, and Nick Wilcox of Beaumont and Simone Oliver.  Oliver received dual recognition as a National Achievement semifinalist and National Merit commended.

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, as any other college student.  TALH is a highly selective program for students eager for an enriched intellectual experience, enhanced by programs in the humanities and leadership development.

Academy students have 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.

The Academy uses studies in the humanities to help create better citizens who are aware of the world around them, can think critically about their situations and work actively to better their environment.  Because of the extraordinary opportunities offered to them, TALH students are expected to be fully engaged in all aspects of the program.

“One of the tenets of TALH is academia.  To earn recognition such as these is an honor for our students and we are quite pleased with their achievement,” stated Ted Stuberfield, director of the Academy.  “This recognition is indeed a reflection of student erudition as evident among our program scholars and the outstanding learning community of Lamar University. “

On Saturday, October 12, the Academy will host a fall preview day at the Mary and John Gray Library on the campus of Lamar University.  For more information about the program, visit or call (409) 839-2995.