Photo provided by LSU University College -- Jonathan Melancon, of Prairieville, right, receives the LSU University College’s Dr. Mahlon P. Poche Jr. Scholarship from University College Advisory Board member Dr. Mahlon P. Poche Jr.

LSU University College presented its annual Celebration of Excellence Spring Awards program April 1 at The Club on Union Square.

University College awarded $64,000 through 55 scholarships, 10 LSU faculty teaching awards and one LSU Adviser of the Year Award.

St. Amant High School graduate Jonathan Melancon was awarded LSU University College’s Dr. Mahlon Poche Jr. Scholarship.

Melancon, a sophomore majoring in chemical engineering with a 3.85 GPA, is the son of John and Cathy Melancon.

The Dr. Mahlon P. Poche Jr. Scholarship is provided through the support of Mahlon P. Poche Jr.

It is awarded to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in University College and a member in good standing with the LSU Tiger Band.

Students must have a minimum 3.0 overall grade-point average and have earned a minimum of 15 credit hours of coursework.

“Two important components of student retention are the opportunities to reward students for their academic achievements and to recognize outstanding teaching in the classroom,” said Paul Ivey, executive director of LSU University College.

“University College is pleased to have generous donors that allow us to offer scholarships to students who have demonstrated a commitment to their college studies,” he said.

“Our ‘Celebration of Excellence’ ceremony allows us the opportunity to publicly recognize these young scholars.”