About Summer Scholars
LSU University College’s Summer Scholars is an eight-week summer bridge program that
prepares selected under-represented minority students to make a successful transition
from high school to the University. This summer experience offers students the opportunity
to become adjusted to the academic, personal, and social challenges that may encounter
at LSU. Students are provided with a structured environment conducive to building
the fundamental skills necessary to enhance the likelihood of successful completion
of a baccalaureate degree. In addition to tutoring, sessions on study skills and
academic and leadership development workshops, Summer Scholars provides extensive
academic and personal counseling to prepare students for the challenges many new freshman
students will encounter.
Students selected as LSU University College’s Summer Scholars are awarded a summer
only scholarship that covers tuition, housing, and a meal plan. Summer Scholars is
committed to the intellectual development of its students.
Selected students are offered opportunities to adjust to the demands of the University
both in- and out- of the classroom.
- Enroll in 6 hours of academic coursework
- Attend study/discussion groups with supplemental instructors and tutors
- Participate in social and cultural activities
- Reside in on-campus housing for entire summer term
- Attend academic, self-improvement, and leadership workshops/seminars
- Meet with a counselor for academic advising, course scheduling, and assistance with
career goal development
The Summer Scholars Program is envisioned as a comprehensive program that provides
selected under-represented minority students with a structured environment conducive
to building the fundamental skills necessary to enhance the likelihood of successful
completion of a baccalaureate degree. The eight-week program provides the selected
students with extensive academic, career, and personal counseling. In addition, students
will participate in a variety of programs and workshops designed to maximize their
In concert with the LSU’s Flagship Agenda, the mission of Summer Scholars is to strategically
recruit and retain top students from under-represented minority groups. Summer Scholars
offers a holistic approach to meeting the demands of the University both in and out
of the classroom. In an effort to carry out its mission, Summer Scholars offers financial
assistance to ensure that Louisiana’s most talented, under-represented students have
access to the State’s flagship university.
LSU University College’s Summer Scholars (SSP) was founded in 1991 as a summer bridge
program for the recruitment and retention of minority students at LSU. A committee
of LSU administrators wrote a proposal to fund the attendance of 30 minority students
to the University. These students had to meet the LSU admission requirements and
were in pursuit of a baccalaureate degree from LSU. Nona Mack-Haynes was selected
as the first coordinator of Summer Scholars. She served in that capacity until her
retirement in 2001. Carolyn C. Collins, Associate Vice Chancellor and Dean of University
College appointed Dorothy Morgan as Mack-Haynes’ successor. In 2005, Randy Fontenot
was appointed as the third coordinator. In 2008, Erin Anthony stepped in to serve
as coordinator. In 2009, Annette L. Yancy was selected to oversee Summer Scholars.
Summer Scholars has in its 21-year tenure at LSU earned a reputation of excellence
for its commitment to the intellectual development of its students. Summer Scholars
has an 80% graduation rate and is credited with producing some of LSU’s most outstanding
leaders and successful graduates.