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3 Students Earn Chancellor's Leadership Scholarships

Released: 03/03/2009

Mercedes Gremillion, a senior at Pineville High School, has been awarded a $12,000 Chancellor’s Leadership Scholarship to LSU at Alexandria, announced director of admissions and recruiting Shelly Keiffer.

Gremillion, who plans to study nursing, was the winner of the recent leadership scholarship competition, a program in its second year at LSUA. The scholarship will be awarded over four years.

Bethany Hart, a senior at Anacoco High School in Vernon Parish, took second place and an $8,000 scholarship. She will major in elementary education.

Lauren Griffin, a senior at Loreauville High School in Iberia Parish, earned a $4,500 scholarship for third place. She will study psychology.

Leadership scholarship recipients must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average and be actively involved in LSUA organizations and activities. “We had an outstanding group of participants in this competition,” Kieffer said. “These students will have an impact on our student body, and they will be assets to LSUA.”

Contestants for the scholarship are screened based on an essay required with the application, involvement in high school and community activities, and academic achievement. Twelve finalists were invited to campus for a day-long series of scenarios that require group problem solving, organizational skills, teamwork and effective communication. The competition is judged by LSUA students, faculty and staff, and members of the community.

Students interested in next year’s competition should contact the Office of Admissions, 473-6417.