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.
 

Program Highlights

Selected students are offered opportunities to adjust to the demands of the University both in- and out- of the classroom.

Students will:
 
  • 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
 

Program Vision

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 academic success.

 

Program Mission

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.

 

Program History

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.