The Louisiana Preparatory Program held its 23rd annual awards ceremony today
LAPrep helps and encourages minority and low income students to complete a college program.
55 students were awarded at the University Center Theater at LSUS.
All of the participants have been identified as high-ability students of whom approximately 80% are minority students, 55% are female, and 70% are from low-middle to low income families.
The goal of LaPREP is to identify, encourage, and instruct competent middle and early high school students, with special attention to include women and minority students who, as a result of the program, will successfully complete a college program, preferably in math, science, or engineering. LaPREP charges no fees or tuition of any kind, and the program provides lunches and transportation via SporTran bus passes. In addition to classes in Algebraic Structures, Logic, Probability and Statistics, Technical Writing, Engineering, and Leadership Skills, the students enjoy field trips. This year's participants visited the Joe D. Waggoner Lock and Dam, Channel 3 KTBS Television Station, AEP/SWEPCO Arsenal Hill Power Plant, and Sci-Port Discovery Center. Participants also heard from local engineers, scientists, and mathematicians, speaking about careers in their fields. The students also attended a Study Skills Seminar focusing on time management and effective study techniques.
LaPREP has been commended and awarded locally, regionally, and nationally from the Shreveport City Council, the Mathematical Association of America, the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, and the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Foundation. In addition, a documentary was made of the program and shown nationally via the American Broadcasting Company, and Program Director Dr. Carlos Spaht was recognized as the 2007 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation.
No current or former LaPREP graduate has dropped out of high school, and all who have reached college age have enrolled in college. LaPREP graduates are eligible to receive a LaPREP Scholarship to LSUS for entering freshmen in the amount of $500 per semester. This award can continue for four years of college at LSUS and is given in addition to any level of TOPS award that a student receives from the state of Louisiana.
This year's LaPREP program is being underwritten by AEP/SWEPCO, the Women's Philanthropy Network, the Beaird Foundation, the Community Foundation, the Grayson Foundation, the Joe W. and Dorothy Dorsett Brown Foundation, the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, and other interested individuals.