BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Higher education leaders announced a transfer agreement that guarantees admission for two-year college honor students.
The Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS) and LSU held a signing ceremony for the LSU/LCTCS Honors Promise at the State Capitol Thursday.
The transfer agreement also includes a possible $3,000 annual scholarship for honor students who complete their associate's degree at a community college or technical school.
"Today our state's flagship university is making a public commitment to students from across Louisiana. If you attend one of Louisiana's two-year colleges and perform academically, you are guaranteed both admissions and a scholarship to attend LSU," said LCTCS President Monty Sullivan. "Thanks to the LSU Board of Supervisors and King Alexander for recognizing the value of transfer students and working with us to provide this tremendous opportunity for our students."
Students, who must be active Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) graduates, have to meet the Honors Promise transfer guidelines to receive the scholarship, which is renewable for up to one year. It will be provided by LSU on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of funds.
"We are proud to partner with LCTCS by offering the Honors Promise Transfer Scholarship to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society graduates from Louisiana's two-year colleges," said LSU President F. King Alexander. "In Louisiana, the demand for employees with postsecondary credentials will continue to increase in the coming years, with the need for those with bachelor's degrees growing exponentially. These students now have a clear path toward continuing their education and completing a four-year degree from LSU."
The following are the requirements for students who are PTK graduates to receive the annual scholarship:
- Student must have completed an associate's degree no earlier than fall 2015
- Student must be active PTK member at the time of graduation
- Student must have completed a FASFA
- Student must have applied to LSU
- Student must enroll full-time at LSU the semester following their completion of an associate’s degree
- Student must maintain full-time enrollment (for scholarship renewal)
- Student must be in good academic standing while enrolled at LSU (for renewal)
In the 2014-15 academic year, more than 12,600 students transfer from LCTCS institutions to four year institutions, both public and private, across the country, and 1,395 of those students transferred to LSU.