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3 Incoming Freshmen Earn Leadership Scholarships

Released: 02/16/2010

Ashley Lynchard of Jackson, Miss., has been awarded a $12,000 scholarship to LSU Alexandria as first-place winner in the annual Leadership Scholarship competition, announced Shelly Kieffer, director of recruiting and admissions and competition coordinator. Lynchard, who attends Clinton High School, will receive $3,000 per year for four years.

Samantha Lemoine of Moreauville earned an $8,000 scholarship over four years. The Avoyelles High School senior was runner-up.

Meghan Rojas, who attends Zachary High School and lives in Slaughter, La., finished third and will receive a $6,000 scholarship over four years.

Kieffer said 15 students competed for the Leadership Scholarship awards. “There were several participants from outside the traditional Central Louisiana parishes from which LSUA draws most of its students,” said Kieffer. “This is consistent with a growing trend we’re seeing in our admission applications.”

The Leadership Scholarship is intended to enrich the LSUA student body with students who hold promise as campus leaders. Participation in student organizations and maintaining a 3.0 grade point average are necessary to receive the scholarship. “The applicant pool was very strong, and we look forward to having these students join our 2010 freshman class,” said Kieffer.

Students compete in a day-long series of leadership scenarios which build off the previous exercise.