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Award Ceremony Recognizes Outstanding Honors Students

The LSU Honors College recently held an Awards and Recognition Ceremony for 130 outstanding students and their families at the Lod Cook Alumni Center.  The ceremony recognized students who excelled in service, academics, and research, as well as those who received study abroad scholarships or are in the process of writing an Honors Thesis.

Acting Dean James Stoner delivered the welcome address, calling the Honors College “one of the real jewels of LSU’s campus.”

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost John Maxwell Hamilton then addressed the students.  The Provost congratulated the students on their accomplishments and stressed the seriousness of the cuts currently being made to higher education. 

 “I wish every legislator and official was here,” he said. “We have already had serious budget cuts. If we were to have a 23% cut, we would go back, adjusted for inflation, to 1974.  We can’t let this happen … It’s because of you this country will be better off.”

Fifteen different awards and scholarships were presented, both local and national. Sixty four students were recognized for earning Sophomore Honors Distinction, which signals academic excellence in the first half of the Honors program. Thirteen students were accepted into the Law School Early Admission Program (LEAP), and sixteen students were awarded Tiger Athletic Foundation Thesis Research Scholarships.

Some of the highest honors included the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship won by Tyler Crosby and the Harry S. Truman Scholarship won by Devon Wade.

Out of 1,111 college sophomores and juniors nominated by faculties across the country, Crosby was chosen as one of only 278 Goldwater Scholars on the basis of his outstanding academic merit.

Wade was one of only 60 students nationwide and the only student from Louisiana selected to receive the prestigious Truman Scholarship this year.

Other awards included the Honors College Service Award, the Honors College Outstanding Student Award, the Starmount Life Insurance and Tiger Athletic Foundation Study Abroad Scholarships, and the Morris K Udall Scholarship.